Experts In Oman Warn About Cyber Attacks, Blackmail

November 1, 2016


On October 28, 2016, the Times of Oman reported that a computer security expert at a “top level” forum in Oman warned that at least 60 children in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) had been targeted for cyber extortion, and that 40 of them had private photographs and information published on the internet. Also, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) documented a total of 161 new cyber blackmailing instances in the first two weeks of October, compared to only 110 cases since 2011.The ITA’s annual report found that Oman had been targeted by more than five million cyberattacks in 2015, although it also found that Oman was ranked first in the Arab world in cyber security readiness and third worldwide.

The Oman National Computer Emergency Readiness Team (OCERT) discovered and addressed 5,932 serious cyberattacks targeting Oman in 2015. ITA’s Information Security Division (ISD) prevented 398,118 attacks against government portals and 4,872,081 attacks against government networks.

Source:, October 28, 2016