Jordan ranks 1st in Arab world in monitoring internet users’ accounts — report

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AMMAN — A report published by the ServShark website, which specializes in the field of cybersecurity, showed that Jordan ranks first among Arab countries when it comes to monitoring internet users’ accounts, with 19.05 cases per 100,000 users.اضافة اعلان

Between 2013 and 2020, it carried out the monitoring by requesting users’ data from Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft companies.

According to the report, Kuwait ranked second, with 3.89 cases per 100,000 users, Morocco came in third with 2.9 cases, the UAE fourth with 2.56 cases, and Qatar fifth with 2.36 cases per every 100,000 users.

Cybersecurity expert Hussein Al-Jedaya told Jordan News that the issue “is related to the level of digital well-being in countries”; Jordan ranks 41st, out of 110 countries, in the digital well-being index in terms of the number of Internet users”.

He said that the report “is vague and unclear”, as it is based on requests submitted by Jordan to manufacturers such as Apple and Microsoft to obtain user data.

According to him, the government requests data in order to “fight cybercrimes and cases such as money laundering, and combat corruption”.

“With the increase in the number of internet users, the matter has become a necessity for Jordan and other countries,” he said, underlining that the request for users’ data “does not mean that they have been hacked”.

“It is an attempt to find out who the account holder is and determine if there is an attempt to carry out any fraud or electronic extortion,” he said, stressing that “the digital party is an unknown party, hence the necessity and importance of identifying the user’s data and monitoring it”.

Mohammad Alia, professor in cybersecurity cryptography, told Jordan News that security is resistance to any potential damage from external forces, stressing that “real security is linked to cybersecurity concepts”.

According to him, the primary beneficiary of security is the users (citizen, institutions and others), “while the government comes in the second place”.

Alia stressed that the primary role of governments is to ensure security and preempt problems from occurring.

He added that “in light of the digital chaos, it was necessary for governments to adjust their plans and policies in line with current technology, and to sign security agreements with companies that provide electronic social media services in order to investigate and monitor the security of their citizens’ accounts without breaching or overriding their privacy”.

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