Cybercrimes: No system hackers cannot tamper with, EFCC warns

CSE Alex Ogbole Ocheme an operative in the Operations Department of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), has said that there is no system hackers cannot tamper with.

He stated this on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital during a training workshop organised for prints, electronic and online journalists by the EFCC.

Ocheme in his presentation entitled, “New Trends in Cybercrimes: How Not to Become A Victim”, put the damages done by cybercrimes globally at Eight Trillion Dollars.

The resource person gave vivid descriptions of the typologies of cybercrimes across the world and exposed deep secrets of hackers and other cyber-criminals.

“There is no system hackers cannot tamper with. What is important is for individuals and organisations to be vigilant and keep codes of their systems secret”, Ocheme said.

He urged the participants to be wary of unsolicited messages they received via social media platforms and avoid posting sensitive information on social media.

In his presentation entitled, “Investigative Journalism and Nigeria’s Fight against Money Laundering”, Dele Oyewale, an Assistant Director, Media and Publicity at the Commission’s Head Office admonished the members of the fourth estate of the realm to put extra efforts by having multiple sources in their reportage so as to maintain the credibility of the profession.

He said: “An investigative journalist is the one who stands out among other journalists; one who does not engage in armchair journalism; one who does not engage in cut and paste journalism or ‘brown envelope’ journalism; but instead, engages in deep, extensive, in-depth and serious research into issues of corruption, while also exposing such practices.”

Oyewale lamented that investigative reporting in Nigeria is minimal and challenged members of the fourth estate of the realm to shrug off excuses and fears and do more investigative reports that can assist the Commission in the investigation of the hitherto hidden corruption cases.

Larrys Peters Aso, an Assistant Director in the Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC, also took participants through the “New Money Laundering Laws in Relation to Activities of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions”, urging stakeholders to always play by the rules.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commission spokesman,DCE Wilson Uwujaren had appreciated the media for being good partners in the fight against corruption and urged them to always abide by the ethics of the profession.

He said the programme was part of the Commission’s efforts to build the capacity of men of the pen profession and enhance their reportage of corruption cases