Canada is becoming a hotspot for cybercriminals.
Canada is becoming a new hotspot for cybercrime, according to an analysis by information protection company Websense. In a company blog , Patrik Runald listed the signs that Canada's cybercrime activity is heating up.
- the number of Canadian servers hosting phishing sites jumped 319 percent in the last year. Only Egypt experienced a greater jump in "crimeware" hosting sites.
- In eight months, Canada has seen a 53 percent increase in bot networks. In a comparison with the United States, France, Germany, and China, Canada came in second for amount of bot networks.
- Canada's decline in malicious networks is "tremendously slower" than in other countries.
- In a recent Websense threat report, Canada jumped from 13 for hosting cybercrime up to six.
The blog post speculates that Canada is picking up as hackers move their networks away from highly scrutinized places like China and Eastern Europe, which are notorious spots for cybercriminals.
Runald asks, "More malicious content is being hosted in Canada than ever before. How will the public and private sector protect Canada? And, will the Canadian government be able to take down major Internet crime networks--similar to when the U.S. brought down Rustock and Coreflood?"
According to a Financial Post article :
The most recent bust happened last month, when U.S. law enforcement officials seized data servers in five states believed to have been a part of the infamous "Coreflood" botnet.
Before it was shut down, the automated computer hacking network infected as many as two million computers around the world, stealing passwords and other user information in order to commit fraud and theft ranging into the millions of dollars.
"We haven't really seen the same amount of activities from the Canadian authorities," said Mr. Runald.
The Post article also quotes Avner Levin, director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto. Levin states in the article that he has not seen a dramatic increase in Canadian-based cybercrime through his own research. However, he adds, "It may be that this report is showing us stuff that is ahead of the curve and we need to see whether this would really be the case." Levin also states that Canada is "underresourced" at investigating cybercrime.
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