UAE Cybersecurity Council urges community to beware e-fraud
ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates has successfully integrated the digital lifestyle into the daily lives of its citizens and residents, through the creation of smart telecommunications infrastructures and digital transformation, further advancing its status as an inspiring model of development and digitization.
In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, head of cybersecurity at the UAE government, said that with the rapid pace of technological development and growing dependence on solutions digital, the world is seeing an increase in fishing attacks targeting community members, especially through SMS (Short Message Service), through which users are lured with rewards for clicking on unsafe links and they are asked to share personal, credit card and other information.
The Cybersecurity Council of the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with its strategic partners, launched the Cyber Pulse initiative to encourage all members of the community to participate in cybersecurity efforts and improve their digital awareness, add.
The council stressed the importance of countering the different types of fishing attacks and raising awareness in the community about suspicious online activities, while identifying the steps needed to protect everyone from e-fishing.
Steps include always taking care to post private contact information on unreliable online platforms or websites, refrain from clicking on any unknown link sent by text message, keep backups of your personal data, periodically update your operating systems of smartphones, follow the security alerts issued by telephone. manufacturers and not downloading any application from unknown sources.
In Kuwaiti he noted that signs of being the victim of electronic fraud include battery depletion and abnormal consumption with slower processing speeds of smartphones, as well as the device performing automated tasks not such as sending text messages to contacts or downloading additional applications. , and an increase in device temperature without using performance-reducing applications.
On the measures to be taken by victims of electronic fraud, he stressed that it is important not to give in to any threat and immediately report these incidents to the official authorities.
The council has identified several authorities to contact, including the Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) on its toll-free number 8002626, or by SMS to 2828, as well as the Dubai Police ECrime platform and the Al Ameen service on its local number. 8004888 or international number +9718004888, or by SMS to 4444.
Interested parties can also use the smart app “My Safe Society”, launched by the UAE Prosecutor’s Office in June 2018, contact the nearest police station or call 999 for help. Other channels include the Najeed service of the Sharjah police, which can be contacted at 800151 or by SMS at 7999.