IT security experts say they still come across business leaders in Canada who don’t believe their organization will be targeted for a cyber attack. A new report from security vendor Proofpoint should help dispel that.
Looking at data from customer devices, the company found that between January 1 and May 1, threat actors conducted thousands of malicious email campaigns, hundreds of which were sent to Canadian organizations.
“Nearly 100 campaigns during this period were either specifically targeted at Canadian organizations or were customized for Canadian audiences,” indicated the report, noting some were written in French.
These campaigns included email messages with stolen branding from several leading Canadian companies and agencies including major shipping and logistics organizations, national banks, and large government agencies. Top affected industries in Canada include financial services, energy/utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and technology.