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Almost 99,000 PCs in Kuwait hit by Malware in August

Ian Cochrane an Marketing Manager of Trend Micro Middle East, while speaking at Radisson Blu on 6th Oct in the IT Security Roadshow organized by IDC (International Data Corporation). 2010 stated that a latest research has found 99,000 infected personal systems in Kuwait in August 2010. However, considering its limitations, the overall estimate crossed almost a million's quarter, as per the news by gulfnews.com on October 10, 2010.

The security experts inform that these hacked systems are running as Bots (abbreviated for Robots as a compromised system is controlled by an external user just like a robot), which means they are working under the sommand of a harmful external agent.

Also, Ian Cochrane stated that in Kuwait, spams have risen by 850% in one year. Therefore, malware is rising tremendously in the world. Presently, every one and half seconds a malware derivative is written, as per the news by Arabtimes.com on 11th Oct, 2010.

Ian Cochrane said that, in the view of experts, hackers are not situated in the Middle East. They are based out of nations such as, China, Nigeria and Russia.

Cochrane said that these are the countries where people's behaviour is not being controlled. It is very tough to trace these cybercriminals. For instance, if there is some group in China, with some servers in the US, which are operating a controlled network of Bots in the Middle East region, and the main PC of the organization is compromised and is rolling out malicious information, then whom should, actually, international regulatory body search or enquire?

Ian Cochrane said that these are the obstructions in finding the sources of the latest worm in Iran. He added that this is a tough field to be looked after. People like him can protect the users from the infections and malware attacks. Also, he stated there is a need to find new ways to deal with malware.

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