UAE: Do not click on unfamiliar links; everyone is vulnerable to hacking, expert warns – News

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Online predators can use private information — via email and social media — for blackmail, threats, and extortion.



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Released: Mon Feb 7, 2022 2:22 p.m

Last updated: Mon Feb 7, 2022 2:27 p.m

A legal expert in Abu Dhabi has warned residents not to open or click on links from suspicious and unknown senders as doing so could allow hackers to break into their electronic devices or emails and steal their personal information, including bank details and passwords .

These online predators can also commit online crimes like blackmail, threats and extortion by using other people’s emails and social media accounts.

dr Youssef Al Sharif, Lawyer and Attorney says families and the general public should be wary of suspicious websites, links and emails that steal their personal information and use it in various fraudulent methods to lure people into impersonating them .

“It’s good that people are vigilant when using the internet to avoid becoming a victim of hackers who could steal their personal information and passwords to impersonate them. That could get them in trouble for crimes they didn’t commit,” Al Sharif said.

The lawyer explained that Article 10 of the UAE’s Rumor Law “provides for a prison sentence and a fine of not less than Dh500,000 and not more than Dh2 million or either of these two penalties for anyone who bypasses the Internet Protocol (IP) address.” of the information network and using the IP address owned by others or otherwise with the intention of committing a criminal offense or preventing its detection.”

Internet users have also been advised not to open links or attachments received via email or SMS from unknown sources while using public WiFi.

The Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) had previously warned that hackers are using public networks to collect sensitive data. “Whenever possible, always use your own data network connection or make sure you have a VPN installed,” the ADDA said.

Free WiFi is available in airports, shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, hotel rooms, cafes, libraries, public transport and other places in the UAE, and thousands are using the free internet service.

Maher Yamout, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a global technology security company in Dubai-UAE, said earlier Khaleej timeBecause many online users can be so easily tricked into visiting attractive fake websites or opening unknown emails, they are vulnerable to hackers who find it easy to steal their login credentials and other vital information.

He noted that while an increasingly connected world is making people’s lives easier, it also poses a major risk as online users expose their personal information to cybercriminals or hackers.

“With the increasing use of technology, people (users) are the weakest link and the main target for cybercriminals,” Yamout said.

“The human factor is one of the most important factors that make it so easy for hackers to deceive, and this is because people are easily tricked. Hackers create fake websites that appear attractive to users and also send attractive emails with a link directing a user to their website, thus stealing their credentials, including usernames and passwords.”

He added: “Everyone is vulnerable to online threats. People just have to be very careful when online and shouldn’t visit unfamiliar websites or reply to emails from unfamiliar people.”

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“Think before you interact with others online. Think before you click. People using the internet need to have the acumen, the knowledge and the tools to protect themselves from cybercriminals.”

Internet Bans

– Do not click on links from unknown senders.

– Do not share your password or login information.

– Do not download attachments from suspicious emails or numbers.

– Do not engage in personal activities on public WiFi.

– Do not leave your cell phone unattended.

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