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Saudi most spammed country in GCC - study

Internet users in the kingdom receive more nuisance emails than any other GCC country

Saudi most spammed country in GCC - study
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Internet users in Saudi Arabia receive more email spam than
any other country in the GCC, according to the findings of a new report.

Online security firm Kaspersky Lab found that in the 3Q2012,
Saudi Arabian inboxes were home to 0.96 percent of all spam globally. The UAE
came second in the GCC with 0.19 percent of spam, followed by Kuwait. As a
whole the region accounted for 1.29 percent of all worldwide spam.

On a global basis, Kaspersky Lab found that the US was the
most spammed country with 26.71 percent of all spam traffic, followed by China
with 25.52 percent.

Spam is often as the use of email to send unsolicited
advertising and other nuisance messages to internet users indiscriminately.

Earlier this month, another IT security firm Norton by Symantec revealed that more than 1.5m people fell victim to cyber crime in the UAE in the last year.

Its annual Norton Cybercrime Report said the average UAE victim suffered direct financial losses of US$283.

The global study is based on self-reported experiences of more than 13,000 adults across 24 countries and calculated the direct costs associated with global consumer cybercrime at US$110bn over the past 12 months.

It said every second, 18 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one-and-a-half million cybercrime victims each day on a global level.

In the past twelve months, an estimated 556m adults across the world experienced cybercrime, more than the entire population of the European Union.

The report said in the UAE, 46 percent of the country's internet users have fallen victim to cybercrime on social networking platforms.

It added that 31 percent of adults have been a victim of social or mobile cybercrime in the past twelve months in the UAE compared to 21 percent globally.

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