Canada Increasingly Being Targeted by Foreign Hackers

Global security leader Websense found that foreign companies are increasingly setting up virtual bases in Canada to drive corporate espionage attacks. In its third Canadian Cybercrime Report Card, Websense said that malware hosting on Canadian websites increased 25 percent year-over-year. Furthermore, in the last three months, Canada claimed the number 10 position for all countries […]

Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy Gets $155M Boost

The Federal government said it plans to strengthen Canada’s efforts to achieve a secure, stable, and resilient digital infrastructure. Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews said: “Canadians and Canadian businesses want to know that the private information they entrust to government will stay private. Today’s announcement further secures government systems that deliver services to all […]

Password and 123456 top the list of 25 most used passwords

“Password” and “123456” top software firm SplashData’s list of the 25 most commonly used passwords used on the Internet this year.

Other common passwords include simple numerical choices like “123456,” common names like “ashley” and “michael,” and patterns based on the layout of the keyboard like “qwerty” and “qazwsx.”

TD warns Easyweb customers of a Phishing Attack

On its EasyWeb website, the TD Bank is now warning customers that the financial institution is currently experiencing a Phishing attack.

The bank is telling customers that, if they receive emails or website links claiming to be from TD asking for their personal information, they should not respond to them.

Young people most susceptible to phishing attacks

The study of 515 Carnegie Mellon University faculty, staff, and students has found that 18-25 year olds were consistently more vulnerable to internet phishing attacks than older participants.

Consumers continue to click on spam despite the risks

A significant percentage of consumers in North America and Europe continue to click on spam emails despite the fact they know that bots and viruses spread through risky email behavior, according to a survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).

About half of the users who responded to the survey said they had either opened spam, clicked on a link in spam, opened a spam attachment, replied or forwarded it. All of these activities could conceivably leave them vulnerable to fraud, phishing, identity theft and infection.

Experts warn of scams for Haitian relief

Symantec today has begun warning people about a nasty “419” scam which is trying to take money from people who would like to donate funds for the people of Haiti.

A “419” scam (aka “Nigeria scam” or “West African” scam) is a type of fraud named after an article of the Nigerian penal code under which it is prosecuted.