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Infected Computers Greatly Increasing Within The Me, Warns Trend Micro

Trend Micro the provider of security software solutions is cautioning that the Middle East is experiencing a remarkable increase in infected PCs as both individual users and large businesses aren't adequately safeguarding themselves.

Indeed, the Tokyo-based technology company's statistics for September 2010 suggests that there are 91,439 contaminated computers in UAE, a rise of 33% within not even one year. Moreover, between the time from that month to the present, there have been 419,471 infected computers, a nearly 10,000% hike from 2004 when it was merely 4,229.

Furthermore, the statistics as well show that during September 2010, over 420,000 systems were hijacked in Saudi Arabia, an increase of over 65% within not even one year.

More widely, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) witnessed 800,297 contaminated PCs during September 2010, a 60% rise within not even 12 months. For the ME, 2010 has brought the region 2,072,114 hijacked systems. Both statistics are currently continuously increasing.

Said Security Advisor Rik Ferguson at Trend Micro, as the total number of hijacked computers increased, it chiefly showed the success rate at which cyber-crooks were stealing from the Middle East. ITP.net published this on October 31, 2010.

Ferguson further said that visible infections had increased beyond twofold even before 12 months had passed. The con artists were becoming victorious as in the ME security wasn't regarded with adequate seriousness. The advisor warned that the increase could continue unless realization began to dawn that the area was vulnerable, as also measures were started to put in place for self defense.

Meanwhile, in similar reports, security firm Kaspersky too disclosed that the UAE represented that market in GCC which was most affected, with 56% of the entire number of assaults.

The specialists at Kaspersky also stated that there was a continuous rise in the total number of computer attacks that were based on spyware, bots, Trojans, ransomware and many other threats in splits of seconds. According to them, users must exercise great caution prior to clicking on anything by being sure about their next action, things they get and view prior to really embarking on the said action.

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