Last week, Patrik Runald joined CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange to discuss the recent surge in Canadian cybercrime. In the segment, Runald answers a series of questions on why this escalation is happening. He explains how the increase is not an accident, but rather a calculated, organized move. To avoid the severe scrutiny of security software that IP addresses in China and Eastern Europe experience, cybercriminals are moving their networks to countries like Canada that have better cyber reputations. Canadian infrastructure is being used to attack users worldwide. As a result, in the past year alone, Canada has seen a 319 percent jump in servers hosting phishing sites, a 53 percent increase in bot networks, and is now number six in the world for hosting cybercrime.
The numbers are continuously rising, and attacks are growing increasingly more advanced. Read more about the threats here. Watch the full interview here.
The Canadian Press just published a new article highlighting a recent Websense® report on cyber security in Canada. According to the report, Canada has become a hotbed for cybercrime as hackers move away from servers in China and Eastern Europe. Canada is now second on the list of countries hosting the most phishing sites, in addition to becoming sixth worst on Websense’s overall list for hosting all cybercrime attacks (as opposed to 13th from last year).
"That doesn't mean the bad guys are in Canada, it doesn't mean the affected users are in Canada, but it means the Canadian infrastructure is being used to attack against someone in the world.” –Patrik Runald, Websense senior manager of security research
Basic precautions cannot prevent the harmful effects of attacks on this scale: most of the time network administrators can’t even tell that there’s malicious content hiding on their servers. The Canadian Press article calls attention to the Websense Security Labs™2010 Threat Report, which reports that almost 80% of cybercrime scams are on compromised legitimate web servers.
"The attacks we're tracking today are so advanced they're really hard to find unless you know exactly what you're looking for."—Patrik Runald
These findings raise an important issue: older, more traditional forms of web security do not stand a chance against such modern, blended threats. Learn about advanced ways to protect your organization here.
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