Attackers then set up fake email accounts in order to lure companies into revealing their bank details and other confidential financial information.
As part of the
"International hacking can be combated by using accredited and reliable anti-virus software, regularly changing their passwords, and updating secure operating systems and reliable applications continuously," he recommended.
"The world is hyper-connected, and once a malware genie is out of the bottle it cannot be put back,"
"It will attack computers in MENA, in
In just a few decades internet crime has escalated from mischievous individual hackers sending mostly email-linked viruses affecting a relatively small number of PCs to all-out government-funded operations with targets as big as nuclear facilities and military operations.
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"Over the last year [the
"Also with all the geopolitical events that clearly drives a lot of cyber crime and cyber war activities."
The need for permanent expertise in the region was highlighted in August last year when a virus dubbed Shamoon wiped clean nearly 30,000 computer hard drives at Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of the world's largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia.
The attack, which failed to disrupt production but was one of the most destructive hacker strikes against a single business, forced Aramco to shut its main internal network for more than a week.
The region was also recently hit by a global cyber crime ring that stole
By hacking into credit card processing firms, the group managed to withdrew money from ATMs in 27 countries simultaneously.
US authorities say the group operated from
"In the place of guns and masks, this cyber crime organisation used laptops and the internet," US attorney
"Moving as swiftly as data over the internet, the organisation worked its way from the computer systems of international corporations to the streets."
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