MUSCAT: Government portals and networks are consistently subjected to ransomware attacks, both locally and internationally, while the Oman National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) actively works to combat these attacks.
Motives for such attacks can be to demonstrate the skills and capabilities of the attacker, generate money, or they could even be state sponsored attacks for espionage or as part of a cyber war, according to Engineer Bader Ali Al Salhi,
Director General of Oman National CERT.
“They come from different sources and places from within the Sultanate, and abroad. Sometimes the attacks come from compromised computers within a country, but actually controlled from a different server in another state where they are generating such attacks,” said Al Salhi.
Ransomware attacks are the most common nuisances the Oman National CERT deal with while protecting government portals and networks. A network infected with malware will prevent users from opening their files.
“The concept of ransomeware