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UAE, Israel launch global initiative to fight cyberattacks

Sharing information between multiple nations is the best way to defeat increasingly sophisticated ransomware hackers targeting government information.
Israel cyber

DUBAI/PARIS - Israel and the United Arab Emirates have established a global platform to fight against ransomware hackers, according to an announcement made Wednesday by Israel’s government. 

This comes a day after Israel helped the UAE fend off a major cyberattack, according to the UAE head of cybersecurity Sheikh Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, reported the Jerusalem Post. 

The UAE is going through "a great digital transformation" in all sectors, Kuwaiti said at the Tel Aviv Cyber Week conference Tuesday. "And, in fact, we need to do a safe and secure transformation.”

The Crystal Ball initiative announced on Wednesday seeks to enhance the sharing capabilities of cyber-intelligence collected by multiple countries to improve the collective defenses against digital crime. The advanced cloud platform is a collaboration between Microsoft Israel, the Israeli National Cyber directorate, and the UAE Cyber Council. 

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