UAE malware rate has soared, says Symantec

Volume of daily targeted attacks against computers in Emirates soars

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UAE malware rate has soared, says Symantec UAE malware threats have ballooned
By Staff Writer Published  December 14, 2011

The number of daily targeted attacks against computers in the UAE rose significantly during November 2011, according to monthly analysis published by IT security provider Symantec.

Data released by the company showed the virus rate in the Gulf state soared from one in 433.4 in October to 327.9 during the following month.

On a global basis, the Intelligence Report revealed the number of daily targeted attacks on users reach on average 94 per day, a four-fold rise from January 2011.

"The aim of these targeted attacks is to establish persistent access to the targeted organisation's network, in many cases with the aim of providing remote access to confidential data. They have the potential to cause serious damage to an organisation and in the long term represent a significant threat against the economic prosperity of many countries in the Middle East," claimed Bulent Teksoz, chief security strategist, emerging markets, Symantec.

"Their targeted attacks are designed to gather intelligence, steal confidential information or trade secrets, and in the case of attacks like Stuxnet, disrupt operations or even destroy critical infrastructure."

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia ranked as the second most spammed country on the planet, behind Russia, with almost 77% of all emails being classified as spam.

"The effect of spam volumes three years ago was very dramatic and spam accounted for 68.0% of global emails. Recently the decline has been much slower, but spammers have also adapted to using more targeted approaches and exploiting social media as alternatives to email," added Teksoz.

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