Data breaches drop in Middle East region

Data breaches drop in Middle East region

New research from has revealed that the Cam4 Data Breach in March 2020 was the biggest data breach in history – exposing 10,880 million records. It dwarfs the second biggest attack – which was the 3,000 million records exposed in the Yahoo data breach of 2017.

It also found that there has been a significant drop in the number of data breaches in the Middle East. In 2022 the Middle East accounted for just 4% of incidents, a drop on 2021’s figure of 14%. Regionally, the most common attack vector for data breaches was the deployment of backdoors, with Saudi Arabia suffering two-thirds of this type of attack in the region.

Jonathan Merry, CEO of, said: “In the past year, we’ve seen threat actors move away from finance and e-commerce and instead are focussing their efforts on larger technology brands. This is due to the fact that phishing kits are getting more intelligent and the brand being spoofed can be altered by changing a simple parameter.”

In 2022 the most spoofed brands were:

  1. Microsoft
  2. Google
  3. Yahoo
  4. Facebook
  5. Outlook
  6. Apple
  7. Adobe
  8. AOL
  9. PayPal
  10. Office365


Find out more about what Jonathan Merry had to say from BanklessTimes!

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