Dubai eGov under hack attack

Dubai Government is fighting off cyber hacking attacks that so far have managed to close a number of sites temporarily - one for several days.

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By  Administrator Published  April 1, 2007

Dubai Government is fighting off cyber hacking attacks that so far have managed to close a number of sites temporarily - one for several days.

Cyber criminals have hit several sites belonging to the online government services body Dubai eGovernment, which said it has now successfully defeated the attacks.

While the attacks caused some malfunction to services and the loss of some data, Dubai eGovernment says all files and programs that were affected have been safely restored.

Salem Al Shair, e-services director at Dubai eGovernment said the attackers had managed to gain access to the sites through a vulnerability in one site and then used that to attack several others.

EGovernment's technical team took down the sites while it worked on fixing the vulnerability, Al Shair explained. Most of the sites were down for around two hours, although the site that was originally attacked was down for three days in total, he said.

Al Shair added that there had been a number of previous hacking attempts on eGovernment sites, but it had always managed to thwart them.

"This is the first successful penetration that happened, but there have been a lot of tries," he said. Such attacks are "inevitable" adding that the latest attack had helped Dubai eGovernment recognise loopholes and work successfully on plugging them.

The announcement follows the busting of an internet fraud ring early last month, with the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) announcing that criminals had targeted investors by pretending to operate out of the DIFC.

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