When it comes to more aggressive cybercrime, Canada moves up on the list from 13th place to sixth place, reflecting a 53 percent increase. (Naturally, when it comes to criminal activity, the U.S. holds the number-one slot on both lists.) Rounding out the top phishing countries: Egypt in third; Germany in fourth; UK in fifth; The Netherlands in sixth; Russia in seventh; South Korea in eighth; France in ninth; and Brazil in 10th. For cybercrime hosting: France has the second slot; Russia the third; Germany the fourth; China the fifth; The Netherlands the seventh; South Korea the eighth; Romania the ninth; and UK the 10th.
A time-honored fraud detection technique is flagging transactions from high-risk countries and triple-checking them. The counter-move from cyberthieves has been to push operations to countries seen—for the moment, at least—as low-risk. That's how Canada is suddenly becoming the home-away-from-home for a cyberthief's stolen data. Canada has now locked in the number-two global slot for hosting phishing sites in 2011, a 319 percent increase from the prior year, according to stats released Wednesday (May 18) from security firm Websense.