Cy­ber ter­ror­ists owe us an ex­pla­na­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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