Reuters: Cybersecurity in Canada: Finance industry, government seek ways to share data
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:57 PM by April Tellez
Among the trends in cybercrime cited by the Websense report, was a 25 per cent increase in the number of Canadian websites hosting malicious software and an 83 per cent increase in Canadian "bot networks," which hackers use to provide instructions...   Read more >
SC Magazine: Canada lures cyber attackers
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:51 PM by April Tellez
Canada is becoming increasingly attractive to foreign companies and governments that are looking to establish a virtual base from which to launch cyber attacks. A Websense report indicates that, in 2012, Canada became the third most popular country (behind...   Read more >
SPAMfighter: Cyber-crooks Repeatedly Choosing Canada to set up Virtual Bases
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:21 AM by April Tellez
Websense the global security major recently released its 3rd Canadian Cyber-Crime Report Card, according to which, overseas firms in large numbers are establishing virtual foundations inside Canada for propelling cyber-spying attacks against corporate...   Read more >
Infosecurity Magazine: Canada: A global haven for cybercriminals
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 9:42 AM by April Tellez
Websense monitored the type of advanced malware used in the most sophisticated corporate espionage incidents and found that Canada hosts a disproportionate volume of advanced malware C&C servers, coming in ahead of Korea, Germany, Russia and even...   Read more >
CDN: Phishing attacks have gone down in Canada
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:09 PM by April Tellez
According to the third annual Canadian Cybercrime Report Card, produced by Websense Security Labs, hosted phishing sites in Canada dramatically decreased by 67 per cent. Hackers and spammers have targeted Canada for phishing scams, but even with the major...   Read more >
Yahoo News: Canada ranks highly as a hotbed for cyber-criminals
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:37 AM by April Tellez
Normally when Canada ranks third on an international list, we're pretty proud. But when it comes to cybercrime, our high ranking is a little more ominous. A recently released survey shows that Canada ranks third on the list of places that cyber-criminals...   Read more >
SC Magazine: SC Congress Toronto: Nation continues as growing breeding ground for malware
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:33 AM by April Tellez
Attackers are targeting Canada with increasing ferocity due to the country's IT infrastructure that make it a ripe launching pad for attacks, a panel of experts said Tuesday at the annual SC Congress Canada in Toronto. In the first quarter of 2013...   Read more >
The Montreal Gazette: Canada ranks third for sophisticated malware sites, new study shows
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:31 AM by April Tellez
A patchwork of Internet and digital security laws across the country has contributed to Canada's new number three ranking worldwide as the country of choice for cyber-criminals to set up sites with advanced malware, according to a new study. But it...   Read more >
IT World Canada: Canada not so innocent in cybercrime
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:26 AM by April Tellez
Canadians like to think of themselves as the do-gooders of the world who join United Nations peacekeeping missions and are forced to protect their IT systems from the bad guys in Russia, North Korea and Nigeria. But at the SC Congress conference in Toronto...   Read more >
IT Business Canada: Canada a landing pad for foreign hackers, report finds
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:21 AM by April Tellez
Canada is playing host to a slew of foreign cybercriminals, making it one of the top countries in the world for hackers looking for a destination to plant their malware, phishing and command and control (C&C) centres. Although the U.S. was still the...   Read more >
Huffington Post: Cybercrime in Canada: Ottawa fears we're becoming a host nation
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:28 PM by April Tellez
They also echoed findings of digital security company Websense, which singled out Canada as a breeding ground for Internet nastiness in its two latest annual surveys. Last spring, Websense said Canada ranked No. 2 in the world - ahead of prime offenders...   Read more >
The Lang & O’Leary Exchange: Canadian Cybercrime Rising
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 8:56 PM by Talia James



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.




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The Globe and Mail: Canada moving its way up on the malware list for ‘badness’
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:59 AM by Talia James

The Globe and Mail released an article today highlighting a surprising new “virtual haven” for cybercriminals to operate their scams – Canada. The article draws from a recent study made by the Websense®Security Labs™, which ranks Canada as the 6th most likely country to host malicious servers (a huge jump from being ranked 13th last year).

“Canada is moving up in what I call our Top Ten Badness list” – Patrik Runald, senior manager of security research at Websense

The study found that websites engaged in a scam called “phishing” – a ploy where hackers use email to guile people into giving away personal information or passwords – tripled in the past year in Canada. Another type of malware that command-and-control other machines (Botnets) increased by 50%.

The U.S. still remains number one for cyber threats followed by France, Russia, Germany and China. However, the United States has recently upped its cyber law enforcement game, which could be pushing cyber crooks north of the border. Canadian domains are also less likely to be severely scrutinized by security software, leaving Canadian consumers more vulnerable to phishing attacks.

This unexpected surge of cybercrime hosted in Canada raises some big security challenges for both the public and private sector – learn more about how to protect your organization here.

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