Wednesday 23, May 2018 by Jessica Combes

UAE cyberattacks down 48 per cent


There were 155 cyberattacks against UAE websites in the first four months of 2018, down from 297 over the same period last year

According to state news agency WAM, this decrease could reflect the success of the "National IT Emergency Response Team" of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in deterring hacking attempts.

Cyberattacks during the first four months of the current year mainly targeted government and private sector websites, according to TRA statistics; 45 per cent involving fraud and phishing were recorded during that period, and a further 26 cyberattacks aimed to leak information. The other attacks involved defamation and other purposes.

The authority’s statistics also showed that 85 attacks had a medium impact, 35 had a low impact, and 35 attacks had a major impact and the TRA’s list of major cyberattack risks includes the vulnerability of Internet Explorer, the smart installer of Cisco, hidden programmes included in Microsoft updates, the Ziklon programme, and the ransom programme for the known e-cloud.

According to WAM, the TRA is working to raise awareness on how to counter malicious programmes, by holding seminars and awareness programmes for the entire community.

The TRA requires all authorities to follow its information security policies and back up their data on devices that are not connected to the internet. It also recently launched a campaign, titled, "They Do Not Deceive You," as part of its duty to raise community awareness.

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