Dubai Police deal with more than 9,000 hacking reports in first year


More than 9,000 cybercrime reports have been received by an online division set up by Dubai Police.

Dubai Police E-Crime platform, which went live May 1 2018, has received a total of 9,046 reports from the public, out of which 1,277 were complaints about social media accounts being hacked. The police were able to restore 1,177 WhatsApp accounts, 90 Instagram pages and 10 Facebook and SnapChat accounts.

The online platform allows residents to submit complaints about any crimes that occur on the Internet, including ransomware, phishing, hacking, internet fraud and many others.

Captain Abdullah Al Shehhi, deputy director of cybercrime department at the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said:

“Dubai Police has launched new technologies in various sectors to protect the community.

The E-crime platform has “contributed significantly to the police’s rapid response to cybercrimes and has made communications faster and simpler,” he said at a press conference.

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