The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) clarified that the UAE legal and regulatory system strictly prohibits espionage in any of its forms, stressing that any of these activities are deemed to be a criminal offense punishable under applicable laws.
In a statement, TRA emphasized that it imposes strict measures to protect users ‘ privacy using UAE-approved voice and video communication applications, adding that it constantly addresses recent claims and concerns about the app’s privacy known as “ToTok.” The TRA added that the United Arab Emirates is committed to promoting the correct investment climate to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in various fields as the country strives to embrace and endorse state-of – the-art innovations such as the fifth generation of mobile phones, “Blockchain” technology, “Internet of Things,” and artificial intelligence.
The TRA also warned the public against a global virus outbreak called’ Emotet.’ The virus is a malicious network that spreads malware and infects users with dangerous connections to users through its bulk spam email campaigns. Emotet first appeared in 2014, originally designed as a banking malware that tried to sneak into the machine of a person and steal confidential and private i
The TRA also warned the public of the possibility of fraudulent messages causing recipients to believe they are from reliable sources and invited them to click on certain links or send private information via telephone, email or otherwise, ultimately making the client a victim of scam and online fraud.
Recently, a wide range of fraudulent messages with connections has been identified. Under the pretext of unblocking the ATM card, such message reaches users via SMS and WhatsApp, impersonating a well-known UAE-based company or bank that then asks the user to call those numbers, provide personal data and bank card information. Because of lack of awareness of such methods used in the attack, users become victims of fraud and theft.
However, because they may contain malware, the TRA warned against widespread Snapchat links such as filters. After checking the sender, the TRA advised not to open these links to avoid being infected with any malicious code.