Cybercrime activity soars in UAE

Cybercrime activity in the UAE increased drastically last year due to the rise in email malware and phishing attacks.

According to Symantec’s annual internet Security Threat Report Volume 24, Iran is ranked the highest in terms of cybercrime activity in the Middle East in 2018, followed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

The UAE was ranked eighth last year compared to ninth in 2017 and tenth in 2016. Higher the ranking means worse the situation in that country is.

Bashar Bashaireh, general manager and regional director at Symantec, told Gulf News that email malware attacks in the UAE have doubled more than the global average and phishing levels remained unusually high.


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