#CyberFLASH: Hackers are finding Canada

NYBZ120-15_2013_124926_highWe like to think that Canada is a country serious hackers aren’t interested in. But the latest figures from security vendor Trend Micro show we aren’t invisible to them.

Among the findings of its research collected in the first quarter, Canada was among the top countries that posted the highest number of point of sale RAM scraper infections. It placed seventh in the top 10 affected countries, with four per cent of the total number of infections.

Relative to other countries, four per cent isn’t big. But it does suggest attackers are figuring out that there are potentially lucrative targets north of the U.S.

Other figures show that Canada was in the top 10 countries affected by ransomware, sitting in ninth place with two per cent of all infections.

That’s part of a global increase in ransomware that started in the last quarter of 2014 and is continuing, the report notes. Also, crypto-ransomware — which encrypts files in network shares — jumped to account for nearly half of all ransomware infections and marked a four-fold increase in infections compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Perhaps most alarmingly, the numbers show Canada ranks ninth among the countries that posted the highest number of users who clicked malicious URLs in the first quarter of 2015.

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