UAE's regulator thwarted 86 cyberattacks in two months

Cyberattacks were against government, semi-government and private sector entities
UAE's regulator thwarted 86 cyberattacks in two months
The number of foiled attacks mark a 66 percent decrease from the same period in 2017.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 19 Mar 2018 11:42 AM

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has announced that it thwarted 86 cyberattacks against government, semi-government and private sector entities in the first two months of 2018.

According to the TRA, the number of attempted attacks mark a 66 percent decrease from the same period in 2017.

Of the attacks stopped by the TRA’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team, 52 took place in February and 34 in January, with 39 of the total being categorised as fraudulent offensives and 16 as data breaches. Others were aimed at defacing or blocking websites or for other purposes.

Among the most frequent attacks were ransomware-type attacks such as Zyklon.

TRA has recently been conducting awareness campaigns, including lectures, seminars and workshops to promote a culture of cybersecurity and best practices in the field, and has also called on all departments to have backup data bases independent of the Internet.

For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.