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UAE thwarts attempts to hack gov't websites

Telecoms regulator says hackers from Egypt tried to attack websites

UAE thwarts attempts to hack gov't websites
GCC countries are viewed by cyber security experts as ‘cash cows’ for computer hackers.

The UAE's telecommunications regulator said on Sunday it has thwarted attempts by cyber hackers to attack government websites.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said it stopped "Egypt-originated attempts" to damage some government websites on Friday, news agency WAM reported.

The TRA said its Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) succeeded in neutralising the danger and repairing the limited damage caused by the attack.

Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of TRA, said the authority had worked on tracing the source of danger.

TRA contacted the relevant Egyptian authorities in order to co-ordinate the efforts of the two countries on this matter, WAM added.

"We agreed to provide the Egyptian authorities with a list of IP addresses from which the cyber-infiltration attempts originated," Al Ghanim was quoted by WAM as saying.

He also expressed hopes that further attempts will be stopped and that the perpetrators would be identified.

Last month, a survey of IT experts across the region said GCC countries have become prime targets for cyber crime, with the Gulf viewed as a "cash cow" for computer hackers.

The region's potential to fall victim to cyber crime was highlighted in May when a global cyber crime ring successfully stole $45m from two Gulf-based banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs.

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