[ISN] Canada new breeding ground for cyber crime

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 02:34:17 -0500 (CDT)

By Jameson Berkow  
Financial Post
May 9, 2011

Canada is becoming a new breeding ground for cyber criminals, according 
to a report obtained by the Financial Post.

The number of Canadian servers found to be hosting phishing sites -- 
malicious websites designed to lure visitors to enter sensitive personal 
information -- jumped 319% over the past year, says the report to be 
released Tuesday from cyber-security firm Websense Inc.

The rise is second only to Egypt, said Patrik Runald, senior security 
research man-ager at Websense.

“And Egypt obviously came from pretty much nowhere, so it is easy [for 
it] to have a higher percentage increase,” Mr. Runald said. “In all the 
other [western] countries like the U.S., France, the U.K. and Germany 
the number of servers are going down, whereas in Canada, for some 
reason, it is going up.”

Canada now sits just behind the United States globally in the number of 
servers hosting phishing sites, ahead of Germany, U.K. and France.


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