Bell Canada source of most malicious activity

Bell Canada’s Internet service carried the most viruses, spam, computer attacks and other so-called “malicious activity” in the country in the last half of 2007, says cyber-security firm Symantec.

Symantec, producer of the widely used Norton Antivirus software, conducts a twice-yearly global Internet security investigation. The company detected a whopping 711,912 new malicious code threats to the Internet in 2007, up dramatically from 125,243 in 2006.

The study named Canada the No. 9 hot spot for malicious activity, far behind the United States at No. 1.

Being the nation’s largest Internet provider, it’s not surprising that Bell’s Internet users were either knowingly or unknowingly responsible for 17 per cent of what’s termed “malicious” or “undesirable” activity here, said Dean Turner, Calgary-based director of Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network.

“Honestly, I think it’s just because they (Bell) are the biggest target,” he said. “They have the largest percentage of broadband users in Canada at 24 per cent.” (link)


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