January 3, 2009
Bahrain has been identified as the worst affected Middle East country in a Microsoft report on Malware infection. The report also suggests that Bahrain has the second highest malware infections in the world, only next to Afghanistan.
The report features Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and the UAE in the worst 25 countries affected by Malware infection.
The Security Intelligence Report measures malware infection by recording the amount of times that malware is detected in every thousand uses of the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). MSRT is a free tool that is designed to remove the most common or damaging malware and is downloaded and executed as part of Windows Update. The tool is run on average 400 million times per month, and collects non-personal data on infections. Statistical data for this report is derived from MSRT.
The GCC infection rates, in decreasing order: Bahrain (29.2), Saudi Arabia (22.3), UAE (17.3), Qatar (16.1), Kuwait (15.9), Oman (15.3). All GCC countries showed an increase in infection from last year, except for UAE, which has shown a 4.8 decrease from 2007.
The presence of a significant number of GCC countries in the worst 25 list underlines the need for bringing in more awareness in the user and IT Pro community about the prevention techniques and the technology that is required to proactively ensure immunity from such threats.
The full report can be downloaded here.
Afterthought: Technically speaking, it could also be possible, that there are even worse countries – where MSRT itself is never run on computers because they simply don’t run Windows Update! Such countries may not be appropriately placed in this list 🙂