It might conjuring up visions of masked hackers hammering furiously at multiple keyboards, but cybercrime is real and affects almost everyone who’s online – ask your friends and colleagues how many of them have received a suspicious email.
In a bid to tackle crime on the web, Dubai Police has launched Arabic and English versions of a new site ecrime.ae where people can report any suspicious online activity quickly and easily.
Dubai Police already has a department devoted to tackling cybercrime, headed up by Colonel Saeed Al Hajari. Now issues like suspicious emails, social media concerns, online bullying and cyber extortion can be reported through the new website, from where they will be dispatched to the appropriate police station for a rapid response.
There seven steps to raising a complaint – you’ll need to enter your ID card and some other personal information, plus details of the complaint, then confirm your number by text message.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the service is part of the Dubai 2021 Plan to create a smart, safe and sustainable city.
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