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Mediterranean Countries Witnessing Emergence of Cyber Crime

The dynamic impact of the Web on the society has apparently allowed people worldwide to try and defraud people of the world's poorer regions through openly and rigorously electronic attacks. As a matter of fact, only a few areas remain where malware and hacking assaults are starting to show up.

According to security experts at Trend Micro, the countries around the Mediterranean Sea are collectively one such area which has started to witness the evolution of hacking and malware distribution.

Since these attacks are organized in a proper and sophisticated manner, researchers at Trend Micro say that one can barely stress that the criminals responsible for them are operating from a common group. The reason for saying this is lack of evidences which prove that they are associated with cyber criminals belonging to the Eastern European, Ukrainian and Russian countries i.e. of the Russian Business Network.

Besides, the purposes motivating these malevolent cyber attacks appear to increasingly become clear. Until some years back, virus writers designed codes chiefly to gain notoriety instead of profit, the modern industry of cyber criminals largely consists of virus authors who potentially earn enormous capital every year.

It has been found that many hackers who operate from the Mediterranean countries have effectively disfigured websites belonging to reputed companies and organizations by using SQL injections, exploits or by poisoning of websites' DNS. While this trend continues, the administrators of websites, particularly those who host sites across the Mediterranean region, need to review their security status. They should also implement the basic policies as well as best practices not only at the personal end, but also, as far as possible, at the end of the ISPs that host their websites.

Meanwhile, Loucif Kharouni, Threats Analyst at TrendLabs, says that the rising penetration of broadband in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco is increasingly enabling people to utilize the Internet regularly. Consequently, script kiddies could be used to hack websites and to reach those people using these websites, as reported by securitywatch.eweek May 20, 2009.

Actually, this immature behavior is something that could trigger problems in the future, security specialists analyze.

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