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Recently, I was speaking with a CSO of a major corporation and the topic of how much money is made with cybercrime came up. Now, many of us talk about the proliferation of easily monetizable cybercrime, but because it is an invisible enemy, some people have trouble understanding the threat. I wanted to quickly share with you a great article that should be required reading for everyone in IT security:http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_hackerville_romania/all/1
The story covers the evolution of the small town of Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania and how it went from having “a decades-old chemical plant and a modest tourism industry” to become what the article calls “Cybercrime Central.”
Cybercriminals are on the move again. And, this time, Canada is the prime target. IP addresses in China and Eastern Europe are highly scrutinized and undergoing intense evaluation. So hackers are on a quest to move their networks to countries, like Canada, that have better cyber reputations.
It's a little surprising to me as well. Previously, Canada was a place of great beer and hockey (next year, Habs!). But Websense recently conducted an analysis of Canada’s cyber security risk profile, and all trends pointed to Canada as the new launchpad for cybercriminals. For example:
Jump in Hosted Phishing Sites - Canada saw a huge increase in the number of servers hosting phishing sites, jumping 319 percent in the last year. This tremendous increase over the last 12 months is second only to Egypt in terms of the growth of sites hosting crime ware.
Increase in Bot Networks – Cyber criminals are moving their command and control centers to safer grounds. In the past eight months, Canada saw a53 percent increase in bot networks. In fact, Canada scored the second highest for hosting bot networks, when compared to the U.S., France, Germany and China.
Malicious Websites – We’re seeing a trend of malicious websites decline across the board. However, Canada’s decline is tremendously slower, when compared to the countries listed above.
Overall Increase in Cyber Crime – In Websense’s most recent Threat Report, Canada is #6 in the world for hosting cyber crime . And, this number continues to rise.
Since President Obama announced the events in Pakistan over the past weekend, Websense has been monitoring a large wave of scams and malicious content surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden.
Today the US Government has confirmed it will not be releasing the pictures of bin Laden’s body which should help minimize the number of people who are falling for these scams. But as the pressure builds on the US Government to release these photographs, there has been very little written on the impact this would have to the cyber-security space.
Most of these scams have so far relied on social engineering. Judging by the number of people falling for the previously mentioned scams, they have been successfully lured into believing these pictures are available. These have been successful, despite the fact that pictures have not been released.
But what if the US Government were to actually release these photographs - what would happen next?
This morning I spoke with the BBC News to discuss possible explanations about why spam levels appear to be falling in recent months. Are spammers re-grouping? Are they simply moving from targeting email to social media? Click here to read the full BBC News article.
In 2010, Websense Security Labs found that 89.9% of all unwanted emails contained links to spam sites or malicious websites —an increase of 4% over 2009. However, there have been signs that spammers are turning to alternative methods other than e-mail for distributing their messages - such as Facebook and Twitter. As long as spammers can generate a profit from their activities, email spam isn’t going away, and will continue to be spread to other profitable areas, including social media. Check out our recent Threat Report, for more details.
It’s important that individuals, organizations, and celebrities protect their Facebook page and blogs from spam and malicious content. Free for individuals, our Defensio product helps brands protect their reputation and maintain their fans’ trust, by analyzing, classifying and removing unsavory user-generated content (whether it is malicious, spam, or even profanity).
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