Dubai Police block websites after CCTV hacking
Dubai Police has blocked a number of websites after discovering that they were broadcasting live CCTV footage of Dubai residents and company employees.
Eager to put the public at ease, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri told Gulf News that the city’s cybercrime department has since arrested the technicians responsible for installing the security cameras.
“The cybercrime department investigated the matter and arrested some people who had installed the cameras for individuals and companies. They did not intend to breach the privacy of people but they were ignorant about their job and lacked experience which helped those sites hack the cameras,” he said.
He added that the technicians failed to tell the home owners to change their default password and username which they believe made them more vulnerable to hacking.
As a result of the cyberattack, the Dubai Police has urged all companies and residents looking to install security cameras to do so using certified companies.
“Hackers can use CCTV footage to blackmail people shown in such videos. It is better to use certified technicians to install the cameras as they can provide the user with strong usernames and passwords to thwart hacking attempts,” Deputy Director of Dubai’s Cybercrime Department Lieutenant-Colonel Salem Bin Salmeen told Gulf News.
The CCTV hacking comes just days after Expo 2020 Dubai issued a statement warning the public that this is a fake competition after a number of UAE residents were targeted by fraudsters posing as the company.
The scammers attempted to trick several UAE residents into giving them their SIM card number, bank details and UAE identity number in exchange for a generous cash prize.
We contacted Expo 2020 Dubai directly for comment, and a spokesperson told us that they are not running this competition and have contacted the authorities to take legal action.
“We are liaising with Dubai Police and other relevant authorities to take the necessary legal action in order to stop and prevent such fraudulent acts. Expo 2020 Dubai is not and will not be launching any such competition. We thank the public for their vigilance and support,” the spokesperson said.
In an attempt to combat cybercrime in the city, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a new online security initiative called The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy.
Aside from provide protection against the dangers of cyberspace, the initiative aims to support the innovation of cyberspace as well as the growth of the emirate and its economy.