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KUWAIT CITY, March 4: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry foiled a hacking attempt two weeks ago and it has already taken various security measures in this regard, reports Al-Jarida daily. According to the ministry, the hacking attempt was discovered with the Ransomware Lockbit virus that entered the network through two personal computers, which were immediately disconnected.
The ministry assured the public that its electronic systems operate with a high level of efficiency, without any disruption and blocked or encrypted data. Immediately after the discovery of the hacking attempt, the ministry implemented a strict security protocol; closing access to all sites and ports through the network. None of the data of companies, institutions or anything that would affect the business or transactions of citizens and expatriates were affected, it affirmed.
The ministry is exposed to hundreds of hacking and disruption attempts daily like other public and private entities. Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Ammar Al-Ajmi, has issued a ministerial decision to form a working group to study housing welfare issues. The decision, of which Al-Qabas obtained a copy, shows the team will be headed by the Director General of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare, Eng Nasser Khuraibet, with 11 members from 8 government institutions, most notably the ministries of Electricity and Water, Justice, Finance, the Kuwait Municipality, the Central Agency for Public Tenders, the Kuwait Investment Authority and the Kuwait Credit Bank.
The decision indicates the task of the team is to identifying draft laws related to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) that are required to be studied according to the decision of the Council of Ministers, and submitting recommendations regarding the current housing care laws according to their latest amendments, to keep pace with legislative development in all areas related to this matter.
The decision calls on the team to clarify all procedures related to the completion of projects related to housing care and recommendations related to the development of these procedures in order to achieve the desired goals and accelerate the completion of housing projects. The decision specified a period of three weeks for the team to complete the tasks entrusted to it, and it may seek the assistance of whomever it deems appropriate with experience and competence from inside or outside the institution.