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Emirates a hotbed of cybercrime

The UAE is the source and target of the most web security threats in the region, according to figures from Symantec.

The UAE is the source and target of the most web security threats in the region, according to figures from Symantec.

The security firm said the UAE was ranked 46th out of 180 countries monitored as an originator of phishing attacks; the UAE received the same ranking for denial-of-service (DoS) attacks launched at institutions within the emirates.

The UAE is also ranked at 44 for the most bot-infected PCs: computers that have been taken over and controlled by malicious users to send out spam and viruses.

Symantec’s findings showed that for the second half of last year more than six million computers worldwide were part of such bot networks, up 29% year-on-year.

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