UAE remains prone to internet crime
Dubai: As the field of internet connectivity expands, so too does a hacker's
The current internet threat environment is characterised by an increase in
data theft, data leakage, and the creation of targeted, malicious code for the
purpose of stealing confidential information that can be used for financial
gain, Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report Volume XI revealed.
Among the 180 countries monitored globally, the UAE ranks 46th in terms of
origin of attacks as well as being targeted by online fraudsters.
The report says the UAE is the source and target of the most internet
security threats in the Middle East.
However, the UAE ranks lowest in spam as a percentage of e-mail and the
presence of spam zombies, suggesting the country is developing a robust IT
infrastructure and awareness among users that result in a more proactive
approach to securing against threats.
"Cyber criminals continue to refine their attack methods in an attempt to
remain undetected and to create global cooperative networks to support the
ongoing growth of criminal activity." says Kevin Essac, regional director,
The report shows the attacks are coming from the UAE as well, but more than
that, people's machines in the UAE are used to attack this country as well as
Rapid growth in adopting technologies and broadband in particular would make
the country more exposed than others.
Essac says the UAE's high economic profile, clubbed with the fact that the
country is among the first to adopt the latest technologies, makes the country
more prone to online attacks than other GCC countries. However, steps are being
taken to help minimise these attacks such as the Computer Emergency Response
Team (CERT) formation as well as the passing of the IT Crime Law in February
"As cyber criminals become increasingly malicious, they continue to evolve
their attack methods to become more complex and sophisticated in order to
prevent detection," he said.
The US was the country of origin of the most attacks detected by sensors in
the EMEA region followed by China with 11 per cent and United Kingdom with 13
Saudi Arabia stood at 61 per cent followed by Kuwait at 65 per cent, Bahrain
at 76 per cent, Qatar at 78 per cent, Jordan at 89 per cent and Oman at 93 per
The home users are by far the most highly targeted sector in the EMEA region,
accounting for 99.4 per cent of all targeted attacks.
Symantec expects that attacks targeted against the financial services
industry will continue to rise as attackers become more profit driven.
Financial institutions are the most targeted sector and the worst-hit
industry in the UAE.
By Naushad K. Cherrayil(Gulfnews)
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