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The arcane concept of privacy was thrust into the limelight in 2013, after the revelation that security services in some Western countries were secretly observing the private online activity of their citizens. It all started when former contractor for the NSA, Edward Snowden, disclosed classified documents from the US National Security Agency. Whistleblower or hero? The consequences of revelations made by high profile security professionals trickle down to our own online privacy, which makes us wonder, to what extent are we still in charge of our online activity?

Computer worm virus StuxNet reportedly ruined a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2010, Qatar’s RasGas was hit with an unknown virus which took the energy supplier offline in 2012, and Saudi Arabia’s oil & gas company Aramco suffered from a virus causing a critical ripple effect to the global energy markets. These unfortunate events that took place in the past years highlighted concerns that the Middle East had become a target for cyber-attacks.

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