Infected computers on the rise in GCC

Trend Micro finds Saudi Arabia is the most affected in the region

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Infected computers on the rise in GCC Trend Micro finds Saudi Arabia is the most affected in the region.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 5, 2010

The number of computers infected with malware is increasing in the GCC, security firm Trend Micro warned.

According to data compiled using the Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network technology, there were more than 740,097 active infected machines across the GCC in the month of April, representing a 116% rise in less than a year.

"The numbers of compromised machines are a key indicator of how well the cyber criminals are doing in stealing from this region. The visible infections have more than doubled in less than one year. The bad guys are winning because in this region we are not taking security seriously," said Ian Cochrane, marketing manager, Trend Micro Middle East and Africa.

"I see this growth continuing unless we start to recognize that this region is vulnerable and we start to take steps to protect ourselves," Cochrane added.

Saudi Arabia has been identified as the Gulf country the most affected. From 2004 to 2009, the number of infected machines in the kingdom grew over 45,000%.

During the same period, the rate of infection in grew 8,932% in Oman, 6,047% in Bahrain, 4,553% in the United Arab Emirates, 4,468% in Qatar, and 1,545% in Kuwait.

Trend Micro Smart Protection Network handles more than five billion URL, email, and file queries in a day.

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