Africa Cyber Surge II [1] [2] [3] [4], a joint operation led by Interpol and Afripol [3], successfully combated cybercrime across 25 African countries [1]. This operation [1] [2] [3] [4], which took place between April and November 2023 [2], resulted in significant achievements in the fight against cybercriminals.


The operation led to the arrest of 14 suspected cybercriminals and the shutdown of over 20,000 suspicious computer networks. Private sector intelligence [3], with support from Kaspersky, played a crucial role in identifying these rogue networks, which were responsible for financial losses exceeding $40 million. The operation specifically targeted cyber extortion, phishing [1] [2] [4], and online scams [1] [4].

In addition to the arrests and network shutdowns, the collaboration between Interpol [4], Afripol [1] [2] [3], and private sector partners such as Kaspersky strengthened cybercrime departments within member countries. It also fostered partnerships with computer emergency response teams and Internet Service Providers [4]. This unified approach highlights the power of cooperation among international law enforcement [3], national authorities [3], and private sector partners in combating cybercrime and fortifying Africa’s cybersecurity landscape.


The Africa Cyber Surge II operation has had a significant impact on combating cybercrime in Africa. The arrests and shutdowns have disrupted the activities of cybercriminals, preventing further financial losses and protecting individuals and organizations from online threats. The collaboration between Interpol [4], Afripol [1] [2] [3], and private sector partners has not only strengthened cybercrime departments but also fostered partnerships that will continue to enhance Africa’s cybersecurity capabilities.

Moving forward, it is crucial to maintain this collaborative approach and further strengthen the cooperation between international law enforcement, national authorities [3], and private sector partners [1] [3]. By doing so, Africa can continue to build a robust cybersecurity landscape and effectively combat cybercrime in the future.