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UAE says cyber attacks fall 27% in first 8 months of 2019

Telecommunications Regulations Authority announces that cyber attacks fall to 230 between January to August

UAE says cyber attacks fall 27% in first 8 months of 2019
A total of 40 malicious actions were foiled in August by the TRA's Computer Emergency Response Team.

The Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA) has announced that cyber attacks on UAE government, semi-government and private sector entities declined by 27.4 percent during the first eight months of 2019.

The number of attacks fell to 230 from 317 in the corresponding period of 2018, state news agency WAM reported.

A total of 40 malicious actions were foiled in August against 51 in the same month last year by the TRA's Computer Emergency Response Team, according to latest figures cited by WAM.

Sixteen of these attacks were categorised as critically harmful, while 23 were of medium damage and one of low detriment. The most detrimental threats were posed by a ransomware-type virus in addition to a prior notice of a setup error type.

Up to 54 security bugs and penetration attempts were foiled since the beginning of the year until August, WAM also said.

The TRA said it has been launching awareness campaigns, including lectures, seminars and workshops to promote cyber safety and best practices in this field.

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