After Israel deal: UAE target of cyberattacks

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After Israel deal: UAE target of cyberattacks

Monitoring Desk: 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been the target of cyberattacks after the establishment of formal ties with Israel. The head of the Gulf Arab State’s cybersecurity head said the country has witnessed repeated cyberattacks in the recent past.

The UAE had formally established ties with the Jewish State in August this year. This angered the Palestinians and some Muslim countries.

“Our relationship, for example, with the normalization with Israel really opened whole huge attacks from some other activists against the UAE,” Head of Cyber Security Mohamed Hamad al-Kuwaiti said during an onstage interview at a conference in Dubai.

Kuwaiti said the financial sector was targeted but did not elaborate. He did not say if any of the attacks were successful or provide details on who the perpetrators were.

He also told the conference that the number of cyberattacks in the UAE increased sharply after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Kuwaiti said traditionally many attacks in the region originate from Iran, without specifying who is behind them.

Iran has also said that it has been a victim of hacking.

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After Israel deal: UAE target of cyberattacks

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