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Mon 20 Oct 2008 06:00 PM

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Trend Micro warns of internet security attacks

Chief technology officer reveals that the Middle East is not immune to attacks and that security threats are real.

Internet threats in the Middle East are reaching significant proportions as Trend Micro reveals that 70% of regional users are under attack every single day.

In a study involving GCC organizations and individuals, 80% were shown to be affected by spam, 31% by viruses and 23% were affected by both viruses and Trojans.

Surprisingly, only 25% were aware of the threats in the region and that 87% of IT departments rely on just basic protection.

"To operate in an internet era is not without peril; the threats are real and can be financially damaging," said Raimund Genes, chief technology officer of Trend Micro.

"Globally, businesses and individuals are plagued by identity threats and loss of personal and corporate information. The Middle East is not immune to attacks," added Genes.

In a recent interview, Genes attacked the security offered by UAE banks as it could protect against "school kids", adding that a two-factor authentication is necessary, where two different information details are needed to authenticate someone's identity.

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