There has been an interesting development in the activities of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) with the creation of a specialized department to tackle cybercrimes.
In the first three months of 2009, Trend Micro has cleaned more than a million infected computers across the region and 447,732 of those were in Egypt. The number of infected computers in the country is set to grow as spam peaks at 200 billion a day globally.
Cyber attacks in the UAE mostly target the banking sector, including the ATM and internet banking applications, says the official English magazine of the interior ministry.
More than 1.5 million people fell victim to cybercrime in the UAE in the past 12 months, suffering Dh1.039 billion in direct financial losses, a new study revealed.
The Saudi Cabinet approved on March 2007 a regulation for compacting information system crimes. The law is made of 16 articles and is the first that deals with cyber crimes. The law is available in Arabic here and here.
Update- the Jordanian Cabinet on 29 August 2010 has introduced several amendments (Arabic version attached) to the draft of the Information System Crimes Law (Cyber Crime Law) to meet some the demands of lawyers and website owners in Jordan.
Infected personal computers in the Middle East region saw a 116 per cent increase in less than a year across the Gulf Cooperation Council with businesses and individuals failing to take adequate security precautions.
ALGIERS (Ramadan Belamry)
The Algerian-Moroccan dispute over the Western Sahara has entered a new realm as hackers took the decades-old land conflict into cyberspace with attacks on websites and domain names.
Police chiefs in Dubai say a team set up to carry out round-the-clock checks on the internet has investigated a total of 222 cases so far this year. Cases included 87 involving fraud and other financial crimes, 38 cases of illegal hacking and 92 cases of defamation and extortion.
Al Arabiya is pursuing legal recourse in American courts after hackers took control of the Dubai-based channel’s domain name in the most prominent cyber attack since the recent Sunni-Shiite ‘hacking war’ began.