Criminal networks that use the Internet to facilitate their scams are finding a virtual haven in Canada, according to a new study.

According to Websense, a company that develops software for content filtering, – Canada now ranks as the sixth most likely country to host servers running malicious programs, up from 13th the year before.

Rafal Rohozinski, CEO of the SecDev Group and Senior Fellow at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies points out in this article that Ottawa has been dragging its feet on cyber security. The federal government announced its strategy only last year, long after other G8 countries began investing heavily in tackling the problem, partly because successive minority governments had made the esoteric subject of cyber security a non-starter of an issue in Canada. The new Conservative majority government now has the clout to tackle the issue, if it chooses to do so, Mr. Rohozinski said.

From The Globe and Mail