FIJI NEWS

A worrying trend

Government battling cyber crimes, money-laundering By MAIKELI SERU Fiji is often defenceless against money-laundering and cyber crime, says the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga. He said
10 May 2013 10:48
Ministry of Defence and National Security administration officer Vanavasa Tabaka (left), with participants at Cyber Security Workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

Ministry of Defence and National Security administration officer Vanavasa Tabaka (left), with participants at Cyber Security Workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

Government battling cyber crimes, money-laundering

By MAIKELI SERU

Fiji is often defenceless against money-laundering and cyber crime, says the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga.
He said money-laundering was happening daily, and cyber thefts were being conducted by experts from overseas.
Mr Cokanasiga revealed this while launching a two-day Cyber Security Workshop at the University of the South Pacific in Suva yesterday.
“We have money- laundering going though our security daily. It is the criminal activities that occur that we are targeting, especially money-laundering and transfer of funds overseas that we want to control,” Mr Cokanasiga said.
“This is where a lot of leakage is going on and we are monitoring that with the help of the Reserve Bank of Fiji and local banks. The amounts are smaller but they could add up to bigger amounts. We want to prevent that.”
While questions were sent to the Financial Intelligence Unit, Mr Cokanasiga said the crime has been a worry for Government.
“Last year, the Fiji Police website and University of the South Pacific’s web servers were compromised. Clients were redirected to a malware serving site. Various forms of cyber-intrusion occur in Fiji on a daily basis. Aside from these issues, there are economic and social considerations like child online pornography and intellectual property infringements.”

Airport X-ray detects fake passport,
contraband, drugs
Fiji has bought new machines that could detect people using fake passports, contrabands and drugs entering the country.
Mr Cokanasiga said the machines were among the latest of their kind in the world, especially a colour-coded machine that reveals full contents of luggages when used for scanning.
“The new X-ray machine is already there. At present the machines we have cannot detect drugs so we are using sniffer dogs. The new machine will work from the top and from the bottom and it will scan and show all the contents of your luggage.
“The machine works on colour coded items which will reveal drugs and food in the luggage. This is good in protecting our country.”

Fake passports
“The use of fake passports and the confiscation of contrabands and illegal drugs at Nadi International Airport is a concern to us,” Mr Cokanasiga said.
“These are some of the things found at Nadi International Airport.
We know that Fiji is being used as a transit point for trafficking and we are working on counter measures to help prevent these things entering our airports and other entry points.”
He said his Ministry was working with Airports Fiji Limited, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Fiji Police Force to help arrest the problem.
“One of the biggest problems we use to have is people coming into Fiji using fake passports. We now have control over that with the use of an X-ray machine that throws up all the information and the history of the passport on the screen.
“It is in use and better than the system we had been using. If all features of the passport do not show up then we will question the owner and could issue prevention of entry into the country.”
The workshop ends today.



Five square Da Bang Sale


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Total
Covid 19 - SPC
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper