Many Internet users in Qatar were unable to access popular websites, including a search engine, yesterday due to reported attack by some hackers.
A surfer said that many Qatar websites remained inaccessible as Google Qatar was down for long hours.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (IT) said through Twitter later yesterday that all government websites that had been hacked were restored.
“Further, all entities concerned with IT security in the country are fully ready to tackle any similar attacks whether at present or in the future.”
The Ministry’s tweet said: “All service providers inside and outside the country were asked to restore the websites from their servers.”
In addition, the Ministry affirmed that no material loss or damage were sustained by individuals, companies or corporations due to hackers’ attack on the domain “gov.qa”.
“Government organisations are looking for IT professionals with skills in mobile tech, infographic systems & IT security,” a tweet by the Ministry said.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said separately that the data of subscribers at MoI’s e-services was not affected due to the incident.
“All that information is safe and secure. Eventually, MoI’s website resumed working and users were able to process their requests accordingly,” the Ministry said.
Some information security experts stressed the need for adoption of sophisticated programs and techniques by all entities, especially government organisations, to safeguard the interests of society by keeping hackers at bay.
They demanded that a new, independent and specialised entity be set up in the country with the main task of detecting any potential hacking and combating it
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