A total of 615 cyber attacks against government, semi-governmental and private sector entities in the UAE were foiled in the first ten months of 2017, WAM reported.The Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA) said the largest number of attacks was recorded in January (136), 133 of which targeted government sites, in addition to three anti-private sector attacks. The attacks stymied by the TRA’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team during Q1 reached 289, accounting for 47 percent of the total so far this year.
February saw 114 attacks, 86 of which targeted private sites and 23 were against government departments, and 39 attacks were registered on 21 March, of which eighteen were against government sites. The TRA said it has been launching awareness campaigns with lectures, seminars and workshops to promote cyber-safety, calling upon all departments to have back-up data bases independent of the internet.
Cyber attacks seek to deface and block government websites, including denial of service, hacking, deception, fraud, and identity and document theft, it added.