Burlington tops Canadian and Seattle tops US cybercrime risk list

Cybercrime listAre you more vulnerable to cybercrime than the others?

In an attempt to answer the question, Symantec in conjunction with Sperling’s Best
Places released a study, “The Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities Report.” The report lists 10 riskiest cities in the US and Canada.

In Canada, topping the list are the cities of Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. Burlington, Ontario topped the list with major cities like Vancouver (no. 4), Calgary (no. 5), and Toronto (no. 8 ) in the top 10 list.

The complete list:

  1. Burlington
  2. Port Coquitlam
  3. Langley
  4. Vancouver
  5. Calgary
  6. Oakville
  7. Markham
  8. Toronto
  9. Kelowna
  10. Kitchener

In the study of 50 Canadian cities Quebec’s Longueuil ranked the lowest.

cybercrime, Internet use, consumer expenditures on computer equipment and Wi-Fi access.

In the United States, Seattle topped the list of cities of highest cybercrime. America’s top 10 list:

  1. Seattle
  2. Boston
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Raleigh, N.C.
  6. Atlanta
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Denver
  9. Austin, Tex.
  10. Portland, Ore.

While making the list factors considered were :

  • Number of malicious attacks
  • Number of potential malware infections
  • Number of spam zombies
  • Number of bot infected computers
  • Level of Internet Access
  • Expenditures on computer hardware and software
  • Wireless hotspots
  • Broadband connectivity
  • Internet usage
  • Online purchase

With increase in cybercrime everybody should be aware of safety measures while online. The Cybercrime Exposed Booklet (PDF) says that “Every 3 second an identity is stolen.” To safeguard against such threats, Family Online Safety Guide would certainly guide in the right direction. Browse safe and enjoy!

Resource materials:
Canada: Executive Summary PDF report
Cybercrime Executive Summary – Canada
USA: Cybercrime Risk Executive Summary PDF report
Cybercrime Executive Summary

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