Three years ago, when we first looked at the state of
cybercriminal activity in Canada, we were a bit surprised to find ourselves in the
top 10 for the cybercrime trio of hosting malware, phishing sites and
botnet command and control centers. Cybercriminals were taking advantage of our
welcoming Canadian nature and our reputation.
the inaugural report in 2011, we have seen ongoing increases (see
2012 figures) in all of the major cybercrime activities. In addition, this
year’s research revealed some surprises.
This year’s story isn’t just about escalating figures,
though. When conducting this year’s research, we encountered some pretty
serious and world-impacting ramifications from the abuse of Canada’s trusted
The top findings from the report include:
- a 25 percent increase in malware hosting
- an 83 percent increase in botnet command and control hosting
- phishing sites hosted on Canadian servers decreased by 67 percent
- Canada hosts the third largest volume of advanced malware command and control servers
Amazingly, Canadian servers are used as the command and
control in a disproportionate volume of advanced
malware attacks. By these, we mean the types of malware associated with the
most prominent of headline-grabbing corporate espionage and infrastructure
attacks. If these attacks aren’t coming from Canadians, then we are seeing foreign
cybercriminals setting up virtual bases in Canada to command corporate
You can download Websense’s
third annual Canadian Cybercrime Report Card here. The report outlines some
of the metrics and the stories behind the current state of cybercrime in
Canada, and where Canada is in the global ranks of top countries hosting
An infographic of the finding can be dowloaded here, or click on the image below.
I am a proud Canadian, and I believe we can no longer
continue to allow the exploitation of our infrastructure for criminal means. Hopefully
this report can help rally the security community to continue to share
information, unite industry, vendor and government to fight the encroachment of
cybercrime on our shores.