#CyberFLASH: Threat from hackers and cybercriminals growing in Canada

10978476VANCOUVER — If you’re on the Internet, it’s no longer a case of if you will come under attack, it’s when.

That’s the finding of Symantec’s latest annual Internet Security Threat Report released this week. Its message is underscored by Dell’s annual security report, which lists growing threats in the business world ranging from the troublesome — cybercriminals intercepting your credit card details at the cash register — to the terrifying, hackers bent on wreaking havoc shutting down entire power grids or other critical infrastructure.

“The fact is, it’s just a matter of time when you will be breached,” said Alexander Rau, Symantec Canada’s national information security strategist.

Symantec’s 2015 Security Threat Report found that Canada ranked No. 4 worldwide in terms of ransomware and social media scam attacks last year. Ransomware is malicious software that can lock a computer down, restricting the user’s access to it, while the creator of the software demands a ransom to unlock it. Ransomware attacks climbed 113 per cent in the past year.

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