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UAE target for 56% of cybercrimes in the GCC

Kaspersky Lab finds UAE also second largest source of email spam in Gulf

UAE target for 56% of cybercrimes in the GCC
CYBER CRIME: The UAE is the target for more than half of all cybercrimes committed in the Gulf (Getty Images)

The UAE is the target for more than half of all cybercrimes committed in the Gulf, a cyber security expert said in Dubai on Monday.

The Gulf’s second largest economy is also the largest source of spam in the Gulf after Saudi Arabia, said David Emm.

“The UAE is the most affected GCC market with 56 percent of the total attacks, followed by Saudi Arabia, which registered 23.4 percent of the total GCC attacks. Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman shared an average of six percent each,” said Emm, a senior researcher with Kaspersky Lab.

In August, a study by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) found that 82 percent of private sector firms in the UAE operate a company website, with almost the same percentage of employees using a computer as part of their working day.

The poll, which ran over a six-month period, found that 26 percent of private sector businesses secure sales online and 29 percent use the net to make company purchases.

Poor online security could leave businesses open to cybercrimes, Emm said.

“Organisations must implement high security measures to survive targeted attacks.”