UAE ranks third in countries most likely to be hacked

June 9, 2020

Cyber Risk Index details the countries where residents are prime targets for cybercriminals.

The threat of cyberattacks has become more serious in the past few years even with the increasing development of security measures. Even in countries where IT infrastructures are more developed, online threats are still at large and affect even on an individual level. Developed countries seem to be a prime target for these cybercriminals, where residents tend to have more income and are always online.

The Cyber Risk Index report details the top 50 countries where residents are most likely to be hacked, with the UAE placing in third place just behind Iceland in first place and Sweden in second place. NordVPN Digital Privacy Expert Daniel Markuson said that the time you spend online means you’re more vulnerable to an attack. “Cybercriminals don’t look for victims, they look for opportunities — much like pickpockets in crowded places. The more time you spend on the web, the more services you use there, the more money you spend online, the higher the possibility you’ll run into a cybercriminal,” Markuson said.

These cybercriminals rarely target a specific individual. Instead, it spins a web of traps hoping to catch potential victims. This is the reason why they normally focus on residents of a specific country.

Here are the top 10 countries where you are a more attractive target for cybercriminals:

  1. Iceland
  2. Sweden
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Norway
  5. The United States
  6. Singapore
  7. Ireland
  8. New Zealand
  9. Denmark
  10. The United Kingdom

Developing countries like India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Ukraine, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines where internet penetration is still low won’t be a target. But as these regions start to gain more users in the next few years, the criminals may have found their next target.

This is why you should always be careful on anything you post or purchase online. Don’t click on unknown links or never answer to any randomly-generated email. Being vigilant is a sure way for you to be safe.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.