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Blue Coast Releases 2010 Security Threats for the Middle East

Nigel Hawthorn, Vice-President EMEA Marketing, Blue Coat, has forecasted the most likely trends of Internet security that resellers across the Middle East could find during 2010, as reported by ArabianBusiness on January 3, 2010. Blue Coat deals in application delivery network and is a renowned software vendor.

According to Hawthorn, during January-June 2009, there were more malware than the total number detected during 2008. E-mail scams also increased 585% during January-June 2009 and over 300 reputed corporations became victims of phishing. During 2009, most malware attacks and spam originated from botnets. According to a Symantec estimate, the average spam during the year across the UAE was 83.4%, and is expected to continue ceaselessly in 2010.

Explaining the reason behind this, Hawthorn stated that businesses had turned towards the Web since they used more-and-more of external, web-based programs and employees introduced consumer programs to the organizations. Meanwhile, malicious software programs had discovered a productive ambience on the Net.

Moreover, the use of SEO techniques to poison search engine results so that cyber criminals can place their malicious websites in the top results is a convenient means to direct users to malicious software. These software programs are usually rogue antivirus programs or fake 'warez' (pirated software, music, games or other counterfeit applications).

During 2010, there'll be more attacks on account of the simple way with which search engine results could be tainted via blogs. Web-surfers access the Internet through search engines. They also have faith in major search engines because of their both relevant and safe results. Thus, cyber criminals exploit these factors to gain advantage.

Apart from this, Hawthorn further stated that currently the leading mediums of infection dissemination were fake alerts and drive-by downloads. These, according to him, could be avoided if organizations applied additional protection against the Web, as reported by Security Park in the 2nd week of December 2009.

Hawthorn also suggested that as a novel approach to Web-security, organizations could combine technologies of threat analysis and technologies of web-content classification that detected new threats. According to him, this would help safeguard consumers from the most new attacks.

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