Thanksgiving: a big weekend for cyberattacks
Thanksgiving is a busy time for many households in Canada—cybersecurity isn’t always top of mind amidst trying to get meals on the table, reconnecting with family or just spending some downtime recharging.
Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t mean cyber criminals—the people trying to steal your money, personal information and identity—are taking the weekend off.
Data collected from Canadian Shield shows that there were over two billion website queries from Friday, October 7, 2022 to Monday, October 10, 2022 on Shield’s protected and family levels of protection, which has over 200,000 people who use it.
The data bears this out.
On Sunday, October 9, a day when many households are gathering for dinner, the service saw a big increase in both queries and blocks.
Then, on Monday, October 10, the total number of blocks increased to close to 400,000—a big increase from the previous three days. Most of these blocks were phishing attempts.
This data shows the number of attempts to load a website from people who are using the Shield service at the protected or family levels. This means the service is being used to block cyber threats (private, the other level of service, is aimed at shielding people’s website activity so other people or organizations cannot see it and does not provide any form of website blocking).
The percentage of those websites that were blocked was overall very small: 0.057 per cent. Nevertheless, the total number of blocks is still significant at more than 1 million.
Of those blocks, the majority were malware and phishing blocks with a smaller number of botnet blocks.