Cyber terrorists owe us an explanation
EDITOR — The unmasking of three of a bigger cell of social media terrorists that had been abusing Zimbabwe’s liberal social media laws to prey on peace-loving citizenry and spread alarm and despondency has sent shivers down the spines of opposition political parties and fly-by-night pressure groups that had been capitalising on this hitherto unencumbered social platform.
The scourge of cyber terror is best manifest in the vitriol and profanity that has permeated social platforms to the extent of rendering these a hard-hat area, especially if one attempts to proffer an alternative view point to that peddled by anti-Zanu-PF demagogues.
Terrorism is a multifaceted phenomenon that has been used quite extensively in Europe and the Middle East to radicalise members of society with a view to recruiting them. Furthermore, this weapon of mass destruction has also been deployed to instil fear through threats of harm, including death. Common criminals in the field of human trafficking have also been using the cyberspace to lure unsuspecting people with promises of job opportunities, whereupon they are sold into servitude. It is with this and other factors in mind that the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill has been mooted by Government.
Now, some will argue that the Bill seeks to punish the instrument rather than the perpetrator. Granted, but I note double standards here in that people have never questioned the forfeiture to the State of a vehicle used in a spate of armed robberies but are quick to question the seizure of a multimedia gadget that has been used by social media terrorists.
In fact, this seemingly heavy handedness by Government is in response to malice from malcontents such as Tapiwa Marimbe, Victor Dube, Jeff Judah Hosanna and other still to be named and shamed. These are the people that owe this great nation and its proud people an explanation for their misdeeds and not Government. Ask Tafadzwa Mushunje what it means to be dragged in the mud and have your reputation tainted without any justification, and then one begins to appreciate the enormity of what needs to be addressed. The media are like matches. In the hands of a lunatic, they can burn and destroy in the same way they can facilitate reception and transmission of information, especially in this global village.
This reminds me that most of these terrorists seemed happy operating from the veil of anonymity with vast geographical boundaries affording them a false sense of security, for instance Marimbe in Perth, Australia. One would have assumed that an accountant would at least have a rudimentary understanding of computers. Every gadget that one uses to transmit has a signature that may be used to trace, not just a continent because it is too wide but the exact location through GPS. There goes your veil of anonymity, dummy! So, Victor Dube with a profane and politically immature circle of friends should never make the silly excuse of pilferage of identity by God-knows who because of all the Victor Dubes in Zimbabwe that I had the time to browse, he is literally the proverbial hyena that vomited the shin of a missing granny. Sambulo Vuma,Via e-mail