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Investigating the Intersection of Maritime and Cyber Crime in the Gulf of Guinea

Elsie Amelia Tachie-Menson


As technology expands and spreads worldwide, the maritime industry and maritime crime are rapidly evolving While the heightened  adoption of digital technologies has positively impacted the efficient and prompt execution of tasks like maritime surveillance, policing,  monitoring, and early warning systems, it has also brought about significant challenges that impact the interconnected network of  maritime actors. This dilemma can be attributed to geographical location, surveillance, and navigation systems of ports, vessels, and  other state intuitions. With the emergence of cyber threats, West Africa is poised to face a dual-pronged threat at its ports and shores,  affecting the broader security environment of coastal states as actors in the maritime domain are increasingly using digital technologies.  Moreover, these threats demonstrate a path for maritime criminals to evolve into maritime cybercriminals. The central theme of this  article is the connection between cybercrime and maritime crimes, and the cybercrimes that have found a lucrative avenue in the  maritime industry. It also discusses cybercrime in maritime criminal activities occurring in West Africa, and the implications for the  maritime and cyber landscape of the region. Finally, the article concludes with approaches for dealing with the risks posed by maritime  cyber risks.  

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eISSN: 2224-0020
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