There has been a dramatic increase in the number of infected computers in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East because users are not fully aware of the measures needed to prevent them, Trend Micro said.
“It’s an illegal trillion-dollar industry,” Trend Micro Security Adviser Rik Ferguson told Khaleej Times. “It is even more profitable than [the] illegal drugs [industry].”
In a recent presentation, Ferguson said the number of infected computers indicate how well cyber criminals are doing in stealing from this region.
According to Trend Micro, the UAE has experienced a near-10,000 percent spike in infected computers from
2004, Khaleej Times reported.
In his presentation, Ferguson said malware, spyware, ransomware, Trojans, bots and other cyber threats continue to be on the rise, and cyber criminals are winning because “we are not taking security seriously.”
“[I] see this growth continuing unless we start to recognize that this region is vulnerable and we start to take steps to protect ourselves,” he said.