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Over 400,000 cy­ber­at­tacks in 2020

- Our Cor­re­spon­dent Oman · Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport · Whatsapp · Youtube · Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · Department for Transport

As many as 417,021 cy­ber­at­tacks were reg­is­tered in 2020 in Oman com­pared to 483,794 in 2019, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

A re­port is­sued by the min­istry stated, ‘There were 1,461 in­ci­dents re­lated to cy­ber at­tacks reg­is­tered in 2020 by gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, vi­tal sec­tors and also in­di­vid­u­als, which were dealt with suc­cess­fully. In 2019, there were 1,779 in­ci­dents in which cy­ber­se­cu­rity was com­pro­mised.’

The num­ber of no­ti­fi­ca­tions and warn­ings of se­cu­rity threat was 107 in 2020, com­pared to 109 in 2019. The Dig­i­tal Ev­i­dence Lab­o­ra­tory dealt with 128 cases in 2020, com­pared to 162 in 2019. Dig­i­tal anal­y­sis was per­formed on 671 de­vices, in­clud­ing desk­top com­put­ers, lap­tops, phones and ex­ter­nal hard drives, in 2020, com­pared to 813 de­vices in 2019.

The re­port con­firmed that 94 per cent of Omani house­holds have In­ter­net, 95 per cent have smart phones, and 96 per cent have com­put­ers. The re­port also indicated an in­crease in In­ter­net use in 2020 when 95 per cent in­di­vid­u­als aged 18 and older used it, against 92 per cent in 2019.

The re­port indicated that 92 per cent in­di­vid­u­als aged 18 and older used What­sApp in 2020, com­pared to 89 per cent in 2019, fol­lowed by YouTube - 81 per cent in 2020 against 70 per cent in 2019. Fifty-six per cent used Facebook in 2020, com­pared to 49 per cent in 2019; 47 per cent for imo in 2020, 52 per cent in 2019; 44 per cent for Instagram in 2020, 39 per cent in 2019; and 25 per cent for Twit­ter in 2020, 23 per cent in 2019.

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