UAE prevents 34 cyberattacks against government, private sector in January

The attempts to break into cybersecurity platforms of the UAE government and private companies emanated from outside the country. (Reuters)
Updated 19 February 2018
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UAE prevents 34 cyberattacks against government, private sector in January

DUBAI: The UAE managed to prevent 34 attempts by cyber criminals to attack government and private sector entities last month, the Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA) said on Monday.
This number was significantly lower than the 136 incidents reported during the same month last year, TRA added.
The attempts to break into cybersecurity platforms of the UAE government and private companies emanated from outside the country, the agency noted, almost half of which were related to fraudulent offensives, eight as data breaches, three aimed at defacing and blocking websites, while the rest was carried out for other purposes.
Cybersecurity is one of the major concerns among UAE executives and the wider region for 2018, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report, after a series of attacks experienced last year that were also growing in ferocity and frequency.
Among the widely reported attacks that hit last year include WannaCry in May, ExPetr in June and BadRabbit in October. Last month, TRA said the malware Zyklon had the most number of reported attacks in the UAE.
The malware, which has been in use since 2016, is designed to launch distributed denial of service attacks, log keystrokes, steal passwords and mine cryptocurrency by exploiting several vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Office software suite.


AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

Updated 22 June 2018
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AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

We all get consumed by the Eid-shopping monster telling us to buy everything in sight. The trick is to not let it.

This Ramadan, my Eid shopping companion was Noon, a Saudi app catering to all your shopping needs. It has a wide selection of products, including clothes, makeup, electronics and perfumes. 

Since not every Saudi has a credit card, the online store makes shopping much easier by implementing a “pay in cash upon delivery” service.

Making use of mind-blowing offers, I made sure to restock on all my favorite perfumes before Eid.

A major upside to the app is how affordable everything is, and I was delighted to find some makeup brands that are not available at shopping centers in Jeddah, such as SIGMA and e.l.f.

What I love most about Noon is that there is always a daily deal or sale going on, so make sure you check these out.