McAfee Inc. Releases 2007 'North America Criminology Report: Organized Crime and the Internet'



    New Report Details 'How Cybercrime Pays' For Those Preying on Unwary
    Canadian Businesses and Home Computer Users... And How Canadians Can
    Protect Themselves

    MARKHAM, ON, June 4 /CNW/ - McAfee Inc. (NYSE:   MFE) today released in
Toronto the results and availability of the McAfee North America Criminology
Report: Organized Crime and the Internet 2007.
    Said David Marcus, McAfee Avert Labs' security research and
communications manager, "This Report outlines the radical
'professionalization' of theft, fraud and extortion over the Internet:"
    According to the North American findings, "Criminals from all over the
world, not just those based in Canada, are increasingly targeting Canadians,
and are using sophisticated cybercrime technology and criminal techniques. The
result is large-scale losses for business, and serious criminal invasions of
ordinary Canadians' privacy, bank accounts, and online shopping activities,"
added Marcus

    
    Highlights of the Report, commissioned by McAfee, include:

    -   Prior to the year 2000, most cybercrime was performed by hackers for
        personal gratification and social status: to make a political
        statement, to gain prestige with other hackers, or to prove personal
        prowess at programming and problem solving

    -   Since 2000, however, cybercrime has become a serious, multibillion
        dollar organized criminal enterprise, costing legitimate businesses
        and ordinary consumers across North America billions of dollars per
        year, and attracting ever larger numbers of ever more skilled
        organized criminals

    -   "The simple bottom line is that crime often does pay in the digital
        world."
        Sheridan Scott, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau
        Canada, 12th Annual AFCE Canadian Fraud Conference

    Some significant facts:

    -   There are over 1.1 billion Internet users worldwide, all connected by
        protocols and technologies that create a huge global network of
        computers

    -   In North America, over 250 million people are online:
        211.1 million Americans, or 69.9 per cent of the United States
        population
        22 million Canadians, or 67.8 per cent of the Canadian population
        20.2 million Mexicans, or 19.9 per cent of the Mexican population
        (all figures www.internetworldstats.com, March 19, 2007)

    -   A 2002 study of cybercrime found that five percent of Canadian
        Internet users had their computers hacked. This was usually done with
        a virus or email attack.

    -   A 2006 survey of Canadian businesses found almost two-thirds had lost
        income, customers, and productivity due to cybercrime

    -   Many businesses report cybercrime costs them more than traditional,
        physical theft, robbery and other such crimes

    -   One FBI estimate put the cost of cybercrime to the United States
        economy at $67 billion in 2005.

    -   The problems for police trying to collect evidence from other
        countries, and the intangible nature of digital evidence, provide
        more layers of protection to criminals

    -   Anywhere there is programming talent, including Canada and the United
        States, some people will be attracted to cybercrime

    -   Skillful cybercriminals in one country can recruit low-level
        criminals (sometimes called Cybermules) in the target country to help
        them carry out a crime

    -   "Phishing" is currently the best-known form of fraud. Phishing occurs
        when an email purporting to be from a bank, credit card company, or
        retailer arrives in a customer or depositor's inbox. The email asks
        the user to go to a web site and supply account information.

    -   Phishing has become increasingly sophisticated, with false web sites
        (such as Canadian online banking sites) that are indistinguishable
        from the site of a legitimate bank

    -   The best solution to the new wave of cybercrime in Canada is to
        exercise informed caution about safe computing and shopping online,
        and to use a complete, up to date Internet Security software suite

    -   As the North American Criminology Report concludes, "When criminals
        believe that cybercrime is no longer risk-free, fewer of them will
        engage in it. Until that time, cybercrime will continue to increase."
    

    The full Report is available at:
    http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/misc/na_criminology_report_07.pdf

    ABOUT MCAFEE INC.

    McAfee, Inc. is the leading dedicated security technology company.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, McAfee delivers proactive and proven
solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world. With
its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee empowers
home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers with the
ability to block attacks, prevent disruptions, and continuously track and
improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com.
    In Canada, McAfee, Inc. is headquartered at 675 Cochrane Drive, 6th Floor
East Tower, Markham, Ontario L3R 0B8. Tel. 905-530-2363, with regional
representation in Montréal, PQ; Ottawa, ON; Halifax, NS; Calgary, AB;
Edmonton, AB and Vancouver, BC. McAfee's Consumer Product division Research
and Development facility is in Waterloo, ON.

    NOTE: McAfee is a registered trademark of McAfee, Inc. and/or its
    affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. McAfee Red in
    connection with security is distinctive of McAfee brand products. All
    other registered and unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property
    of their respective owners. (C) 2007 McAfee, Inc. All Rights Reserved





For further information:

For further information: Beth Merrick, David Eisenstadt, The
Communications Group Inc., (416) 696-9900 ext 40 or 36, bmerrick@tcgpr.com,
deisenstadt@tcgpr.com

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