Kaspersky: Rise in ransom attacks in the Middle East

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Kaspersky Lab’s first quarter security report for the first quarter of 2018 revealed a rise in the spread of malware locally in networks via non-Internet methods such as portable storage and CD-ROMs. Kenya accounted for 61.8% of the infections among users, followed by Nigeria (58.6%), Oman (50.8%), Egypt and Lebanon (55.6%). The report pointed out that the data show a significant increase in the number of threats coming from the web, with the proportion of users infected with malicious software in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 30.2%, followed by Egypt and Oman by 28.8% and the UAE 27.4%. On the other hand, South Africa has the lowest proportion of injuries in the entire region: 48.8% from local sources and 19.6% from the web. Mohammed Amin Hasbini, the senior security researcher at the company’s research and analysis team, said that the team saw an increase in the number of ransom attacks by 8.5% in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017, considering that this percentage is not surprising considering To the success of several waves of attacks launched last year. “We expect the number of these attacks to increase and become more complex and professional, which shows the importance of resorting to appropriate security solutions, supported by continuous security training to raise awareness of their dangers.”

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