CITC vigilance prevents raids on strategic portals


The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) thwarted nine attempts to hack the websites of sensitive government and commercial agencies last year, it revealed in a recent report.

The report also showed that hackers partially succeeded in penetrating the websites of six government agencies last year.

The CITC said it has enhanced its cyber security efforts in cooperation with the National Guidelines Center for Information Security, providing a healthy and protected e-service environment for government agencies.

It said the commission sent 713 notifications to government and commercial agencies, alerting them about websites that might have been infected with viruses. They belonged to 223 institutions registered at the commission.

The commission did not name the targeted government and commercial agencies, which it described as “sensitive” entities.

The CITC said it also provided technical support such as electronic analysis to the interior ministry in investigating 11 criminal cases.

The commission also sent 15 warnings of expected electronic attacks to entities registered at the National Guidelines Center for Information Security.

It sent 15 other warnings for websites that contained loopholes, making them vulnerable to electronic attacks.


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