Warningover Expo hacker
Fake 2020 site tried to lure web users
The UAE’s telecoms regulator has warned internet users about a scam in which they are urged to enter personal details into a bogus Expo 2020 website.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ( TRA) yesterday said that the scam was detected after one web user became suspicious, despite the authentic appearance of the site.
Emirati Khalid Waleed Mohammed reported the scam to the TRA, which was able to trace the source of the site to a suspected hacker abroad.
Mohammed was not asked for cash but urged to enter a range of personal details including his full name, telephone number, the name of his employer with other data.
Majid Sultan, Acting Director of the TRA, said experts discovered the site was run from outside the UAE.
He said: “The fake website used the name of Expo 2020 as it’s one of the biggest future projects in the UAE. The site was looking to gather information and personal data from people.”
He said the TRA shut down the site within two hours. The authority contacted the IP firm that hosted the site and alerted them to the incident, after which it was shut down.
Sultan said: “The site was blocked in the UAE within 31 minutes and then after two hours the site was erased all around the world.”
The TRA urged all residents to be careful and contact the authority’s call if suspicious.
It is not clear how the site planned to use the information, but scammers often attempt to gather personal information to help guess or hack passwords. Sultan added: “We are ready to deal with any electronic security threat and ask the public to help us.”
The fake site used the name Expo 2020 as it’s one of the biggest UAE projects
– TRA Acting Director Majid Sultan