Summary of offences in the Cybercrimes Act

Mystic Twilight

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"Possession or use of software or hardware tool for cybercrime — 10 years"

... quickly kills of any chance of employment as a security specialist. I thought there was an unemployment crisis ...

They going to introduce a cyber security license like a driving license, renewable with yearly payment. Free cash flow into the anc coffers.

Enabling an attacker — 5 years​

Enabling someone to gain unlawful access to a system, intercept data, exploit or hack a computer program, or interfere with a storage medium is also guilty of an offence

Forgot you renew your tls certificate? Go straight to jail.
 

RonSwanson

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They going to introduce a cyber security license like a driving license, renewable with yearly payment. Free cash flow into the anc coffers.



Forgot you renew your tls certificate? Go straight to jail.
Once again, it's got to be with the intention of enabling someone to commit a crime. It's what we need for all those Vodacom employees who intercept OTP SMS.

There is plenty wrong with this Act, but that's not one of them.
 

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Unlawful interference with a computer data storage medium or computer system — 10 to 15 years​

You are guilty of an offence if you alter any resource or interrupt or impair a data storage medium or computer system’s functioning, confidentiality, integrity, or availability.

Nice, so now burglar caught with stolen laptops can be charged with this crime?
 

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The stupidity of people never fails to amaze themselves. Being so fkn thick they can't even realise it.
 

NeoAcheron

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Yeah.... Let's go after the scary cybercriminals when we cannot even put a guilty AF ex president in prison.

Bullshit.
 

NeoAcheron

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Now's the time to start using the very important VPN as a layer of protection.

They're probably already having the list of MyBB and other such forums' user data to keep a close eye on for the future enforcement of any of the cybercrime items. Do you think MyBB will try to protect your identities?
Don't worry. I don't think they have any real competency to result in anything. The internet is a big place, MyBB is not and should not be their main concern, and we're too unimportant for anything other than our income taxes.
 

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They forgot hacking a website by using the F12 key!

Remove your F12 keys from your keyboard guys!
 

Alkern

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Once again, it's got to be with the intention of enabling someone to commit a crime. It's what we need for all those Vodacom employees who intercept OTP SMS.

There is plenty wrong with this Act, but that's not one of them.

My concern is more whether the police force has enough specialists to enforce these laws. I'm sure in the coming months there will be a single high profile case to demonstrate their effectiveness then just an odd Soccer Mom photo court case after.
 

RonSwanson

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My concern is more whether the police force has enough specialists to enforce these laws. I'm sure in the coming months there will be a single high profile case to demonstrate their effectiveness then just an odd Soccer Mom photo court case after.
How so? The requirements for SAPS recruits is a matric certificate, surely they can read and write English after obtaining matric? :laugh:
 

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"Possession or use of software or hardware tool for cybercrime — 10 years"

... quickly kills of any chance of employment as a security specialist. I thought there was an unemployment crisis ...
I wanted to know on Friday, but stuff happened...
This could very well mean people like Dominic White from Sensepost and others are now unemployable or will have to switch careers... fvcking p0es ANC...
 

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Well played ANC, well played... driving the last people who know anything about infosec, out of SA so that you and your Ramapoes can do even dirtier deals than Zuma would dare.
 

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My concern is more whether the police force has enough specialists to enforce these laws. I'm sure in the coming months there will be a single high profile case to demonstrate their effectiveness then just an odd Soccer Mom photo court case after.
Whether the police have enough skills is debatable. However, despite all the fear mongering and misinterpretation. security specialists do work with SAPS.

To put this statement into perspective, we have an actor in South Africa that was traced via cooperation between private investigators, a financial institution and SAPS using legitimate processes. There may have been a hiccup or two where the SAPS IO was told he has to fix his paperwork. Fair enough, he did it and the information was obtained.

There is now an arrest warrant out for this actor. he will be charged under the new laws. The case is water tight.

The clincher? The SAPS IO has no cyber skills, yet he worked his behind odd and his arrest will be one of the first where the new laws applies.

Will it be high profile? I doubt it. The sleaze and outrage factors plays a role in high profile cases. Cyber crime does not generically fit the bill in South Africa unless somebody is personally affected.
 

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South Africa has an extremely toxic environment currently where we have many actors from outside the country who made themselves at home here, targeting South Africans and countries abroad. In turn this has given rise to a secondary illegitimate industry where crime is facilitated as a business service. These actors prosper and they're living in luxury, all on the proceeds of cyber crime. The actors also peer with actors abroad in furthering crime in deliberate jurisdictional shifts.

These crimes have seen ordinary families destroyed, businesses destroyed, also the government targeted. Would-be business owners and farmers are constantly defrauded. These actors target even the most destitute in South Africa.

What we've been seeing is South Africa becoming an incubator for new types of scams, evolving and the more successful being exported to target countries outside South Africa. In turn, South African IP addresses end up on blacklists, thanks to slightly clueless website admins, while proxies are a dime a dozen.

So, this new Act finally gives us teeth where these actors won't simply get a slap on the wrist, but are actually held accountable. It forces institutions to do the right thing. As it was, institutions would put the onus on the reporter of cyber crime and allow them to do nothing. The reporting mechanisms wanted an extraordinary amount of personal information of the reporter with no real guarantees that your personal information would not find it's way to those responsible. There was little in terms of consumer protection. At best a victim could hope for a case number.
 

Alkern

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Whether the police have enough skills is debatable. However, despite all the fear mongering and misinterpretation. security specialists do work with SAPS.

To put this statement into perspective, we have an actor in South Africa that was traced via cooperation between private investigators, a financial institution and SAPS using legitimate processes. There may have been a hiccup or two where the SAPS IO was told he has to fix his paperwork. Fair enough, he did it and the information was obtained.

There is now an arrest warrant out for this actor. he will be charged under the new laws. The case is water tight.

The clincher? The SAPS IO has no cyber skills, yet he worked his behind odd and his arrest will be one of the first where the new laws applies.

Will it be high profile? I doubt it. The sleaze and outrage factors plays a role in high profile cases. Cyber crime does not generically fit the bill in South Africa unless somebody is personally affected.
Inciteful. You don't happen to have any links so I can follow? (P.S: It sounds like you have a bit of inside information)

Well I was going to reply with the general negativity that a lot of people are falling into lately, but on the positive side at least we have the laws now. Lets wait and see what the court system does with them.
 

Scampup

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Inciteful. You don't happen to have any links so I can follow? (P.S: It sounds like you have a bit of inside information)

Well I was going to reply with the general negativity that a lot of people are falling into lately, but on the positive side at least we have the laws now. Lets wait and see what the court system does with them.
I will post things as they crop up. Unfortunately if I had to tell you more, I'd have to shoot you. That's generally frowned upon. ;)

I'll just say for now - watch the news and https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/thr...ested-after-hawks-swoop-in-cape-town.1158994/ - the fat lady is still singing.

It will be interesting to see how the new Act will be applied.
 

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Possession or use of software or hardware tool for cybercrime — 10 years​

It is an offence to intentionally use or possess any software or hardware tool for:

  • Enabling another attacker
  • Unlawfully accessing a system
  • Intercepting data
  • Interfering with a data storage medium
  • Acquiring a password to use in any of the above activities
Wtf, Im now a criminal? I do infosec work and have a kali desktop (with tools like meterpreter) I also own things like a bashbunny and a pineapple :/
 
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ab-user

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Wtf, Im now a criminal? I do infosec work and have a kali desktop (with tools like meterpreter) I also own things like a bashbunny and a pineapple :/

As long as you don’t plug your rubber ducky into a strangers device you are fine
 
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