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Cyber attacks in the UAE see huge drop in January

Telecommunications Regulations Authority foils 34 attacks compared to 136 in January 2017

Cyber attacks in the UAE see huge drop in January

A total of 34 cyber attacks against government and private sector entities in the UAE were foiled by the Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA) during January.

The number represented a massive drop compared to the 136 foiled attacks in the same month last year.

According to state news agency WAM, the attacks were carried out from outside the country, 16 of which were classified as fraudulent offensives, eight as data breaches, three aimed at defacing and blocking websites, while the rest was carried out for other purposes.

The TRA said it has been launching awareness campaigns, including lectures, seminars and workshops to promote cyber safety and best practices in this field, calling upon all departments to have backup data bases independent of the internet.

Ransomware-type viruses such as Zyklon were among the most rampant during January, the TRA said.

Cyber attacks seek to deface and block government websites, including denial of service, hacking, deception, fraud, and identity and document theft, it added.

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