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Canada, Newest Haven for Internet Assaults

According to Websense the U.S-based online-security firm, Canada, which's known to be a law-abiding nation, has now become a most favorable haven to launch cyber-assaults from. The country occupies the sixth position globally amidst nations harboring online crime. It has climbed from the thirteenth position in 2010. The Bazette published this on May 9, 2011.

Meanwhile, USA continues to be on No.1 amidst the ten countries which support the maximum number of phishing websites that cyber-criminals craft for duping PC operators into revealing financial information, passwords as well as other secret details. Canada is the country, which cyber-criminals increasingly choose for launching their assaults.

Says Senior Security Research Manager Patril Runald at Websense, the U.S continues to be the top country in cyber-crime; however, he believes that there's a gradual shift of the con artists from this country to Canada since lately when the U.S federal authorities shutdown some major botnets. The Bazette published this.

Currently, Canada is on No.2 within the series of countries, which support the greatest number of phishing websites that attempt at duping end-users into giving away banking data, passwords and personal information.

This rise of Canada is after Egypt, which's on No.1, according to Runald. Moreover, Egypt as a country of cyber-crime emerged suddenly; therefore it's vulnerable to such a high increase in phishing websites. As for the other nations of the West such as France, Germany, UK and USA, phishing website servers are declining in number, whereas, they're rising in Canada, Runald added. Financial Post published this on May 9, 2011.

Actually, Websense started probing Canada's position in hosting cyber-crime following high-profile assaults that were executed on dual government departments of the Canadian federation during February 2011.

Nonetheless, the move implies that the perpetrators of cyber-assaults merely seek to hack into newer genuine PCs, both belonging to companies and individuals, which provide them a platform for executing their operations.

Significantly, the report further discloses that there's a 53% rise in botnets, meaning network of PCs that automatically hack, inside Canada, the sole nation which displayed a rise in such networks between September 2010 and April 2011.

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