The Bank of Central African States (BEAC) has asked local banks to take steps to guard against hackers attack, Recommending banks to pool their computer resources to better prevent attacks from hackers.
According to banking sources the alert of the central banks has been for some time now as they have been faced with vast cybercrime attacks of more than 300,000 infected computers in about 150 countries. The losses due to cybercrime in Cameroon are estimated at 25 billion FCFA. According to the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC), Cameroonian banks lost 3 billion CFA francs, due to cybercrime.
According to experts, cyber criminals exploit the flaw in the Windows XP system to infiltrate and steal private data from computers. The banks must then follow a certain number of guidelines, to avoid certain websites and always turn off their computers after use. Despite these precautions, banks are still on alert, even if they say they are prepared for possible attacks.