UAE government cautions against hacking mobile phones

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The UAE Government Cyber Security Council has issued a stark warning about the escalating threat of cyber attacks targeting mobile phones worldwide.

With a surge in incidents, safeguarding mobile devices and ensuring regular updates are crucial to thwarting hacking attempts. The Council stresses the importance of users consistently updating their mobile phone software to strengthen defenses against malicious intrusions.

McAfee's recent research findings highlight alarming trends in phone security vulnerabilities, underscoring the criticality of timely software updates to shield personal information. The council cautions that cyber threats jeopardize individuals' data, identity, finances, and privacy, outlining three primary risks associated with phone hacking: identity theft, financial breaches, and privacy infringements.

To bolster phone security, the Council advocates for several proactive measures, including staying vigilant by promptly installing updates, fortifying access controls with robust passwords or biometric authentication, and activating features like "find my phone" for added security. Additionally, users are urged to exercise caution in their digital interactions, scrutinizing messages, links, websites, posts, and storage devices for potential threats and verifying their authenticity before engagement.

The Council highlights five covert avenues for mobile phone malware infiltration: compromised websites, suspicious codes embedded in downloads, email attachments harboring malware, enticing links on social media platforms, and infected USB ports. Furthermore, amidst increasing cyber risks during public events, individuals and organizations are urged to remain vigilant and implement precautionary measures to safeguard against potential threats, especially during holidays and celebrations.

Emphasizing the importance of continuous vigilance, the Council advocates for regular updates of protection programs and operating systems, routine device scans, cautious handling of suspicious links and attachments, the utilization of strong passwords, and the activation of two-factor authentication. Moreover, raising awareness and fostering a culture of cybersecurity across society are deemed vital to mitigating risks. The Council's ongoing efforts include an extensive awareness campaign targeting both public and private entities, aimed at educating individuals on cybersecurity threats and prevention strategies, including phishing and social engineering tactics.

Through its "National Cybersecurity Campaign: A Year of Digital Awareness and Education," the Council seeks to equip individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate cyberspace safely and guard against emerging threats. With a comprehensive approach encompassing education, awareness, and proactive measures, the Council endeavors to fortify the nation's cybersecurity landscape and protect individuals, institutions, and critical data from evolving cyber threats.

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