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Lawyers warn of increasing threat of online fraud in Kuwait

By Faten Omar

Kuwait: Users of various social media platforms in Kuwait have reported an increase in online scams by scammers based on those platforms, with a significant increase in dangerous and targeted online scams. I am. Scammers use people’s fears and concerns to trick users into clicking links and attachments that contain malware.

To understand this issue from a legal perspective, the Kuwait Times spoke to Mohammad Al-Jacem, a lawyer for international law enforcement cooperation and an expert in Interpol accreditation. “There are two sides to Internet fraud, one is when money is sent domestically and the other is when money is sent abroad,” he said. “In all cases, there are two ways to track this crime via IP address.”

“If the remittance was made within Kuwait, the victim could file a proceeding in the name of the fraudster, and Kuwait’s Cybercrime Department could track him through the IP address. Contact the website owner to collect fraudster data. Track the internet connection and reveal data about the nominee. “

Mohammad Al Jasem

Jasem has revealed that bank transfer fraud can be difficult. If the transfer is made within a local bank, the government can track the name of the bank account owner and the exact amount of the transfer, Jasem explained. “On the other hand, when sending money abroad, communication will take place once the IP address is determined,” he said. “But most social networking platforms and big companies don’t work together in this regard under the pretext of maintaining client privacy, except in the case of murder threats.”

He showed that fraud through social media platforms can be a real problem. Even if the fraudster’s account is blocked, the victim’s money may not be refunded. “Amounts can be tracked through banks. At banks, there may be partnerships between the cybercrime department and related departments in other countries at Interpol’s office,” he explained.

“Scam money is considered a form of money laundering because the sources of funding are illegal,” he pointed out. “Crime is related to each other. The most difficult case is an unencrypted transfer. The transfer is delivered to the person who has the ID, even if the ID is forged, and most scammers do this. Use the method. It is considered a wise scam. “

Group-IB, one of the world’s leaders in cybersecurity, released a report on Tuesday, impersonating a well-known postal service in several Arab countries, including Kuwait, for large-scale phishing targeting users in the Middle East. He said he identified the campaign. .. As early as 2020, over 270 domains have been discovered using local delivery and postal service brands. All domains were part of a single large phishing infrastructure.

The explosive growth of online shopping due to pandemics has created a perfect storm for threat actors who have found fertile land to invent new attack scenarios. Globally, CERT-GIB has identified more than 400 domains impersonating postal brands as part of this phishing campaign, more than half (276) targeting users in the Middle East. Especially in the Middle East, fraudsters have impersonated more than 13 different delivery brands, postal companies, and public companies from at least eight different countries, including Kuwait and other Arab countries.

Recently, global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro released its 2021 annual “Navigating Frontiers New” report, highlighting the growing threat of cyberattacks targeting individuals and digital infrastructure in hybrid business environments. increase.

According to the report, Trend Micro’s solution responded to more than 94.2 billion threats worldwide in 2021 with a 42% increase in detections compared to 2020. It was also revealed that the number of attacks increased significantly, exceeding 53. There were 1 billion threats in the second half of last year, compared to 41 billion threats in the first half of 2021.

In Kuwait, Trend Micro’s solution blocks nearly 15 million email attacks, responds to over 1.7 million malware attacks, and prevents more than 3.5 million attacks related to victims clicking on malicious links. did. In addition, according to the report, Network Kuwaiti households are attractive to cybercriminals targeting systems, devices and networks, and in this regard Trend Micro’s “smart home network” solution has nearly 400,000 internal and internal and network-targeted cybercriminals. Blocked external attacks. Prevented more than 700,000 attacks from hackers trying to target and control their home network.

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