Kaspersky says Dubai is a danger zone

The city ranks in their top eight suffering from network attacks

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Kaspersky says Dubai is a danger zone Kaspersky says that Dubai is one of the most at risk cities for network attacks. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 1, 2010

Maksym Schipka, the director of Hosted and Streaming Technology Research at Kaspersky Lab has said that Dubai is ranked among the top eight cities suffering from network attacks.

"Dubai is one of the major hubs of commerce in the Middle East region, and the number of businesses operating online is constantly increasing, which makes it the destination of network attacks in the region", said Maksym Schipka, speaking at Gitex 2010.

Kapersky Security Network statistics, gathered between the 20th and 31st of October, show that 67% of attacks on computers located in Dubai are distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).

These kinds of attacks aim to try to disable or limit access to online services located in the country, targeting primarily E-commerce types of websites.

30% of attacks are attempting to exploit MS08-067 vulnerability. One of the most famous malware exploiting this vulnerability is the Kido worm. 

The other cities in Kapersky's top eight are Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Harbin (10th largest city in China), Taipei  (Taiwan), Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

3158 days ago

Hmmmm....the only authoritative sources that can give such insight would be the ISPs (du & Etisalat), closely followed by DDoS Solution Mitigation companies. Using Kapsersky myself on University and other promiscuous open WiFi networks, I have only ever been alerted to a DDoS by Kapsersky Internet Security once in a year. I think their methodology for compiling such stats needs to be revisited. Network saturation due to normal malware “phone home-type ” traffic does occur; the same is true with “network probes” by infected machines to exploit vulnerabilities; but technically both these types of malicious traffic are very different from a targeted DDoS attack, and this is clearly evident in the network captures. One has to wonder about what percentage marketshare Kapsersky has in the UAE, with no ISP presence for them to be able to deduce such statistics?

Personally, I wouldn't let the marketing & PR departments have any involvement in releasing technical statistics that can be scrutinized and questioned in the public domain.

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