Cyber chiefs combat web criminals

Cyber crimes are growing in the Sultanate as Internet users too have shown a phenomenal growth in recent years, said a senior official of Oman National Computer Emergency Readiness Team (ONCERT).

“In the last two years, we have managed to handle more than 900 cyber security incidents within Oman National CERT. I believe the number is going to increase with the growing awareness on cyber security issues and get the private sector to feel more comfortable in sharing the cyber security incidents in their organisations,” Badar Ali Al Salehi, Director, Oman National CERT, said on the sidelines of Cyber Defence Summit here yesterday.

He added that most of the cases were on defacing web sites or on e-mail account user harassment, while some of these were targeting financial institutions. “A good number of cases were taken to the court.”

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