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Trend Micro reveals startling PC bug statistics

The company says infected computers in the UAE have increased by 10,000% since 2004

Trend Micro reveals startling PC bug statistics
Rik Ferguson from Trend Micro says visible computer infections have more than doubled in the Middle east since 2009.

Security software solutions provider, Trend Micro, has warned that infected PCs in the Middle East are on a dramatic rise because both businesses and individuals are failing to protect themselves adequately.

"The numbers of compromised machines are a key indicator of how well the cyber criminals are doing in stealing from this region," said Rik Ferguson, Security Advisor at Trend Micro.

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

Statistics gathered by Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network technology, which can see how many computers are active on the internet, show a marked increase in machine infections. The number of compromised computers across the region has risen by 60% in under a year. In September this year, there were over 800,000 infected machines in use across the GCC. 

In the UAE, there were 91,439 infected machines active in September, a leap of 33% in under one year. Infected machines in total for the year stand at over 400,000, a growth of 10,000% since 2004.

Across the wider Middle East, Trend Micro has announced that there are more than two million infected machines, a 112% rise in the last seven years.

In September 2010, there were more than 420,000 machines compromised in Saudi Arabia, a jump of more than 65% in less than one year.

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