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UAE central bank foils hackers

IDF-Team fails to bring down website after quick action by Etisalat

The UAE central bank has foiled hackers attempts to conduct a DoS attack against its website.
The UAE central bank has foiled hackers attempts to conduct a DoS attack against its website.

The UAE central bank has foiled hackers' attempts to bring down its website, the bank's head of information technology (IT) told Reuters on Sunday.

An Israeli hacker group, calling itself the IDF-Team was apparently behind the attack, after the group threatened to bring down several state-linked Saudi and UAE websites in revenge for attacks on Israeli government websites.

Hackers launched a DoS (Denial of Service) attack against the central bank website, in which the hackers bombarded the website with information, hoping to take it offline, Bob Thomson, chief manager of IT told Reuters.

Telecoms operator Etisalat, the fixed line service provider of the UAE central bank then blocked all access to the website from outside the UAE, stopping the hackers from bringing down the site.

"There was no damage done to the website," Thompson said. "Etisalat was ultra careful, which was the right approach."

The IDF-Team said in a Pastebin post last week that they were planning to bring down the Saudi Arabian and Abu Dhabi stock exchanges, both sites have so far not been breached.

Rashed al-Baloushi, acting director general of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), told Reuters that its website was not specifically targeted. "We have been checking the database and no abnormal access took place," he added.

According to McAfee, the perpetrator of the attacks against Israel was a Dubai-based hacker, not one from Saudi Arabia as was first thought.

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