Dubai Customs organizes a workshop on ‘Cyber Extortion and the Spreading of Rumours via social media’

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Published March 31st, 2016 - 07:18 GMT
During the event
During the event

Dubai Customs, in collaboration with the General Directorate of Dubai Police “Al Ameen” Service, organized a workshop on cyber extortion and the effect of spreading rumours via social media. Abdulla Lashkari from Dubai Police delivered a lecture on the topic in front of a host of Dubai Customs employees.  

The workshop covered a number of key points aimed at better informing employees on the illicit means of cyper-blackmail and the extents of vulnerability that should be fortified against offenses of both financial and social extortion.

In his interactive lecture, Mr. Lashkari explained how to best use social media platforms while guarding oneself against cyber extortionists. Moreover, he asserted the need for reading the privacy statement of smart mobile apps for a better decision making on how to protect personal data. The lecturer also highlighted the importance of societal awareness on the cyper-blackmail phenomenon and the responsibility of parents in monitoring their children’s interaction level on social media, as kids are considered most prone to such illicit acts.  

Part of the lecture were the legal aspects of cyber-extortion and the global efforts in tracking down blackmailers via circulated notices on the INTERPOL behalf, as well as the United Arab Emirates’ firm stance against assailants thanks to its legislative arsenal that incriminates such acts.

Furthermore, DC employees were introduced to the means of precaution in dealing with electronic correspondence, the damage of personal data privacy breach and  the jeopardizing consequences of lame security and technology awareness.

 “The hosting of this workshop comes in line with Dubai Customs keenness to ensure an optimal and up-to-date security awareness of its employees for better protecting social security and better honing their social media skills and immunity against cybercrimes, “ said Sheikha Al Ghafri, acting director of Customs Training Center.

Al Ghafri further pointed out that this undertaking is part of a series of planned awareness workshops to be delivered across the year for Dubai Customs employees, with the ultimate aim of increasing collective security awareness  as part of DC’s corporate social responsibility and in an effort to fortify government partnerships with key stakeholders in this field  for the public’s best interest. 

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Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the leading government departments taking part in enhancing sustainable development and promoting Dubai’s image worldwide, turning it into a principal capital, business and tourism destination, as it facilitates smooth movement of legitimate trade and leverages economic and social development, the matter which is consistent with its slogan stating "gateway to Dubai’s prosperity", because prosperity is usually based on free trade through a safe, fast and practical environment to meet the needs of people and adapt to their requirements. This in addition to DC’s main role to protect society and borders against those who try to smuggle prohibited substances to or through Dubai threatening the community safety and security.

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