Infected computers on the rise in the Middle East

By on March 8, 2011
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674,938 computers already infected this year, according to Trend Micro.

Trend Micro in a press release is reporting that the number of computers infected in the Middle East are continually rising as consumers fail to take adequate security precautions.

According to security maker, in 2010, there were more than 3,050,032 infected machines across the region – a 44 percent rise from 2009. This the region has already seen the numbers climb up to 674,938 compromised machines.

“The visible infections in the region continue to grow year-on-year. As we become more dependent on the web, threats will only increase. We must educate ourselves and be better protected, because the consequences are more than what individuals and businesses can afford,” commented Chris Moore, General Manager, Middle East, Africa and Med.

“The region is one of the fastest growing in the world and this attracts cyber criminals who are looking to exploit any weakness in our security,” added Moore.

In the UAE, there were 500,715 compromised machines in 2010, a rise of 140 percent compared to 2009. This year alone the UAE there are more than 36,316 compromised machines.

“The numbers for the region are very alarming.  Protecting ourselves on the internet is not complex. We just need to use professional security software that can also block threats, regular scanning and exercise personal caution,” added Nick Black, Technical Manager, Med, Middle East and Africa.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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