THE ISSUE OF JURISDICTION IN CYBERCRIME

Abstract
The rise in technological invention has increased the prospect for cybercriminals to launch their attacks on all in sundry irrespective of the location of both the perpetrator and the victim. In recent times the world has experienced a shift in what it considers to be tradition crime, wherein both the victim and the perpetrator could be found within the
same jurisdiction; to a situation where the victim and the perpetrator could be located in different continents around the globe, yet feel the devastating impact of cybercrime
launched against them from a distance. Jurisdiction in this instance becomes an issue, especially concerning which of the states has the power to prosecute the offender. Whether
it is the state where the attack was launched from or the state where the victim resides. It is the submission in this work that to properly nip the issue of transnational offences like cybercrime in the bud, there has to be some sought of international collaboration among security agencies around the world. Secondly, the issue of jurisdiction of states has to be down played, not with the intentions of undermining the sovereignty of any state but with the intention of curbing the menace of cybercrime since it is known to be a form of
crime that has rendered the issue of jurisdiction moribund.

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