Cybercrimes in Southern Nigeria and survey of IoT implications

Ugwuanyi, Stephen and Okechukwu, Agbo and Prince, Ohia and Okechukwu, Ndukwe and Irvine, James (2020) Cybercrimes in Southern Nigeria and survey of IoT implications. In: 1st IEEE Multi-Conference Technical Series (MCTS) 2020, 2020-08-25 - 2020-08-30, American University of Nigeria (AUN).

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This study comprises of a survey on the cybercrime situational awareness in the southern part of Nigeria and the readiness for IoT implications resulting from the challenges of IoT technology adoption for consumer and industrial use cases. We considered cybercrimes in the forms of identity theft, data theft, false alert, dating and romance scam and online shopping scam. The analysis shows among others, 84% of involvement in identity theft and 20% of involvement in data theft with the mode operation being highest through web-based applications. Although cybercriminals are yet to fully utilize the vast potentials of emerging IoT technology and their vulnerability to commit cybercrimes in the region, the rate is on the increase. Also presented is a generic background study on IoT security concerning device capabilities, threat landscape, policy frameworks and applications from which cybercrime trend mitigations and recommendations to reduce the impending dangers of IoT cybercrimes were proposed.