Amna Al Bulooki, Director of the Cyber Security Regulation and Compliance Department at the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, warned of the diversity of fraud methods in cyberspace, pointing out that fraudsters deliberately devise new methods that enable them to obtain victims’ accounts and steal money or perform digital transactions on their behalf, including delusional victims of winning a prize. Financial, or claiming that the payment process failed during one of the previous online shopping operations, or the need to provide assistance to a friend or relative to avoid them getting into trouble.
Al-Bolooki told “Emirates Today” that the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority is cooperating with the largest technology companies in the world to protect the digital infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, and to ensure the provision of a safe digital environment for the business sector, individuals, institutions and society in general, and these measures help increase the confidence of users and accelerate the process of digital transformation. in the emirate.
She pointed out that there are a number of challenges in cyberspace, such as fraud attempts that Internet users may be exposed to, and they include phishing, whether through emails, phone calls, messages and chat via social media, in addition to direct penetration of social media accounts. or email or bank accounts.
Al-Balooki stated that fraudsters use various methods to reach their illegal targets, perhaps the most famous of which is making phone calls to urge the victim to share his personal information to obtain a bogus prize, in addition to phishing emails that enable fraudsters to obtain sensitive information, such as the password. or bank credit card number, or bank account.
She pointed out that one of the most prominent mistakes that social network users make is sharing their personal information, whether by publishing it through their own accounts, or sharing it with others through different applications, where these applications are equipped with features that attract users to unconsciously publish and share their data on these platforms.
Al-Bolooki stressed that personal data is private property that should not be shared with others, and be aware of the fraudsters’ ingenuity in exploiting this information for their benefit, no matter how simple this information is, such as a phone number, home or work address. or unauthorized access to and access to sensitive data, such as bank accounts, exploited for cyberattacks, or traded in the Darkweb.
She cautioned that among the errors is clicking on suspicious links, which may activate malicious software that exposes user information to penetration, and accepting friend requests from strangers may put the user and the rest of his friends in danger, stressing that the more personal information and details of daily life are shared with others, the more The ability of the fraudster to carry out his crime.
She stated that the goal of digital awareness is to raise the level of security awareness among Internet users in general about the risks that they may face in cyberspace, noting that with the rapid pace of changes in the digital field and the spread of modern technologies that contribute to facilitating and improving the quality of life, the Internet has become a haven for all individuals. The society is of different age groups, so the society must be made aware of the security risks associated with daily transactions in cyberspace, such as fraud and impersonation methods, and data theft and exploitation in launching cyber attacks by cyber attackers, as a result of users sharing their information with others unconsciously, or dealing with people Unidentified without warning.
She stressed the importance of concerted efforts to spread digital awareness to ensure the safety of users and raise the level of digital awareness, and thus enhance the security and safety of society in the face of these risks, in light of the daily uses of the Internet and the development and expansion of these risks and the lack of awareness of users in different groups of society (children, adolescents, adults).
She pointed out that based on the Abu Dhabi Government’s cybersecurity strategy and the cybersecurity capacity building axis, which focuses on the importance of enhancing cybersecurity competencies, the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority cooperates with many government agencies and national and international institutions to raise levels of digital awareness and enhance cybersecurity capabilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
She stressed that this cooperation comes in line with government trends that focus mainly on ensuring the safe exchange of digital data, and adapting emerging technologies to improve the level of services, in order to preserve the confidence of customers as a prerequisite for the success of the government work system.
She pointed out that the authority is working to increase the level of awareness about the uses and advantages of digital technology for the growth and development of society and the extent of its ease of use, as we aim to encourage individuals to use digital solutions as part of their lifestyle instead of relying on previous traditional systems.
Caution across the digital space
Amna Al Bulooki, Director of the Cyber Security Regulation and Compliance Department at the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, called on users to be careful before posting or sharing their personal information online, even if these people claim that they represent banking institutions or major companies, and sensitive information, such as identification number, should not be shared. or credit card number or bank account, with others, whatever the circumstances.
She cautioned to avoid dealing with strangers, and to verify the identity of people before dealing with them in the digital space by asking questions that contribute to confirming their identity, stressing the importance of not opening emails of unknown source or clicking on suspicious links, stressing the importance of avoiding the use of public internet networks. Be careful when using a QR code to access websites, complete a payment, or download apps.