An appraisal of the legal framework on cyber fraud in Uganda .

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Kampala International University, School of Law
This Dissertation was intended to critically appraise the legal framework on cyber fraud in Uganda: It was guided by the specific objectives which included finding out whether Uganda's legal regime provides for cyber fraud, to explore the international legal regime in regards to cyber fraud and to suggest or make improvements to the law in regard to cyber fraud. Cybercrime continues to cost Uganda billions of shillings as regulators discuss ways of containing what they call a complex problem. According to the released Annual Police Report 2013, cybercrime cost Uganda about 18.1 billion Shillings. Another figure released by the Kaspersky Labs puts the figure at 25billion Uganda Shillings. As the Internet comes to underwrite more and more of our daily life, the vectors of attack for cybercriminals, hackers and state officials multiply, the total number of cyber-attacks grows year over year and the potential damage from cyber-attacks increases. As technology advances and more people rely on the internet to store sensitive information such as banking or credit card information, criminals are going to attempt to steal that information. Cyber-crime is becoming more of a threat to people across the world. Raising awareness about how information is being protected and the tactics criminals use to steal that information is important in today's world. The study recommends that more focus should be put on individual training about cyber fraud and how to guard against it. Encourage companies, individuals and governments to rely more on open source software where possible to detect and counter new vulnerabilities faster. The study also recommends development of international agreements on spam, emails and other forms of web-based attacks.
A research dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of laws
Legal framework, Cyber fraud, Uganda