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Number of UAE cyber attacks fall 43% so far in 2019

Telecommunications Regulations Authority says a total of 113 cyberattacks were foiled from January to May

Number of UAE cyber attacks fall 43% so far in 2019

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA) has reported a 43.2 percent decline in the number of cyberattacks on government, semi-government and private sector entities in the UAE during the first five months of 2019.

A total of 113 cyberattacks were foiled from January to May compared to 199 during the corresponding period in 2018, state news agency WAM reported.

Seven of the attacks were categorised as critically harmful, while 11 were of medium damage and seven of low detriment.

Fraudulent offensives seek to deface and block government websites, including denial of service, hacking, deception, fraud, and identity and document theft.

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.

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