There Goes The Neighborhood

Well, there goes the neighborhood.  Websense recently conducted an analysis of Canada’s online security risk profile, and all trends point to Canada as the new online crime breeding ground.  Criminals may be making the move to Canada, as IP addresses in China and Eastern Europe are now being closely scrutinized.  According to WebSense, attackers are on a quest to move their networks to countries that have better reputations.

Canada saw a huge increase in the number of servers hosting phishing sites, jumping 319% in the last year.  This tremendous increase is second only to Egypt in terms of the growth of sites hosting crime ware.   Canada is also the only country that showed an increase in bot networks over the last eight months, up 53%.  In 2010 Canada was ranked 13th in the world for hosting online crime, and in 2011 Canada jumped to 6th place, behind United States, France, Russia, Germany and China.

WebSense wants to know if this is surprising to anyone? Why or why not?


One thought on “There Goes The Neighborhood

  1. My Comment: Not really surprising. Criminals strike when the opportunity presents itself, and prefer to work where there is lower risk. System hosting doesn’t necessarily equate to criminals’ geo-location.

    Canada is really just waking up to online threats. The government is forming committees to study and plan our online incident response strategy. Small and medium sized businesses are mostly unaware.

    I don’t believe we even have an official CERT team yet. CanCERT was an effort that hasn’t taken flight, and the Canadian arm of the NCFTA is just taking its first tentative steps.

    Just my 2¢, collect the whole dime.

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