New Research Shows Cyber Criminals Moving Operations to Canada

    Websense uncovers 300 percent increase in hosted crimeware


SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2011 /CNW/ -- Cyber criminals are on the move again, and Canada is the preferred relocation haven. Websense, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN) recently conducted an analysis of Canada's cyber security risk profile, and all trends pointed to Canada as the new launch pad for cyber criminals.

IP addresses in China and Eastern Europe are highly scrutinized and undergoing intense evaluation. Hackers react by moving their networks to countries like Canada that have cleaner cyber reputations.


    News Facts

    --  319% 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 phishing. Below
        is the breakdown:


    Top 10 Countries that Host Phishing Sites Jan-May 2011:
    1. US                              6. Netherlands
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    2. Canada                          7. Russia
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    3. Egypt                           8. South Korea
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    4. Germany                         9. France
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    5. UK                              10. Brazil
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    --  53% increase in bot networks - Cyber criminals are moving their
        and control centers to safer grounds. In the past eight months, Canada
        saw a 53 percent increase in bot networks. Canada is the only country
        that showed an increase in bot networks over the last eight months,
        when compared to the countries above.
    --  Overall increase in cyber crime - In 2010 Canada was #13 in the world
        for hosting cyber crime, and in 2011 Canada jumped to #6. Below is the


    Top 10 Countries that Host Cyber Crime Jan-May 2011:
    1. US                              6. Canada
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    2. France                          7. Netherlands
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    3. Russia                          8. South Korea
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    4. Germany                         9. Romania
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    5. China                           10. UK
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    Top 10 Countries that Host Cyber Crime 2010:
    1. US                              9. Turkey
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    2. Russia                          10. Australia
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    3. German                          11. Poland
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    4. France                          12. Czech Republic
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    5. China                           13. Canada
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    6. Netherlands                     14. Spain
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    7. UK                              15. Romania
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    8. South Korea

    Tips for Protecting Businesses
    --  Protect outbound and inbound channels - In today's borderless
        enterprise, it's not enough to defend against real-time threats coming
        from outside your perimeter (a quaint concept in today's mobile
        An effective solution must prevent modern malware and provide
        visibility and control of corporate information both coming in and
        going out of an organization. Implement a technology that can inspect
        and control content over the Web and email, your two primary
        communication channels. According to Websense research, data loss via
        the Web is four times more likely than email.
    --  Understand what data is important to you and how you want to protect
        - Understand what is important for your business, and what damage it
        would cause if it went missing. Implement an effective DLP (data loss
        prevention) solution, so even if the bad guys get in, that doesn't
        they can walk out with your data.
    --  Make sure your enterprise is content-aware and content-secure -
        and data-stealing attacks are on the rise. Content security is crucial
        for defending against modern threats, which often bypass traditional
        perimeter and endpoint security. Enterprises today need a security
        solution that can identify, classify, and understand content on the
        - wherever it travels. This helps protect it from attack, theft, and


"More malicious content is being hosted in Canada than ever before," said Patrik Runald, senior manager of Security Research, Websense. "Cyber criminals are taking advantage of Canada's clean cyber reputation, and moving shop. We're seeing all time highs for both hosted phishing sites and bot networks. It is important for Canadian citizens to be extra vigilant on the Internet, taking extra precautions when clicking on links."

"Cyber crime in Canada is increasing," said Fiaaz Walji, Canadian country manager for Websense. "Businesses today need to be able to defend against this new assault. A solution that provides content security and combines email, Web, and DLP security is key to fending off these modern threats, which often bypass traditional perimeter and endpoint security."


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