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Cybercriminals used WannaCry epidemic to promote fraudulent services, Kaspersky report says

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalize on public fears of the WannaCry ransomware epidemic with spam and phishing emails offering cyber protection, a new report from Kaspersky Lab has found. The Spam and phishing in Q2 2017 report,

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Kaspersky discovers new version of Android Trojan that steals credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab reported on Thursday that they have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan, Faketoken, which is now able to steal credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users. Based on the results

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Global insurance M&A hits two-year low: Clyde and Co report

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The volume of completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worldwide in the insurance industry continued its downward trend, with 170 deals in the first six months of 2017 compared to 186 in the preceding period, according to a new report from

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Ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased deception tactics among key cyber threats: Accenture Security

July 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Destructive ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased use of deception tactics are among the threats driving the lucrative cybercriminal marketplace, the security branch of professional services company Accenture said in a recent report. “The first six months of 2017 have seen

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Foreign cyberthreat to Canadian elections increasing, spy agency warns

June 21, 2017 Lee Berthiaume and Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency issued a stark warning Friday that online attempts to influence or undermine the country’s electoral process are on the increase – and steps must be taken to counter the efforts. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia

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Strongest world economic growth expected since 2010: Fitch

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The recovery in global economic growth is strengthening and is expected to pick up to 2.9% this year and peak at 3.1% in 2018, the highest rate since 2010, Fitch Ratings said on Monday in its latest Global Economic Outlook

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Canadian defence plan calls for cyber and drone attacks to meet 21st century threats

June 8, 2017 Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada will add hundreds of new elite special forces commandos, wage offensive cyberwarfare attacks and deploy armed drones to international battlefields as part of its military response to new global security threats. The hotly anticipated new defence policy

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Economy at risk without joint Canada-U.S. cyber defence, says former U.S. National Security Agency director

June 2, 2017 Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States need a new cyber defence program – like their joint Norad air defence – to prevent hackers from hobbling their economies, says the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency. Retired general

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As U.S. threatens withdrawal, feds still committed to Paris Accord, McKenna says

May 31, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Catherine

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Global market for usage-based insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies: PTOLEMUS

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global market for usage-based insurance (UBI) insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies, according to PTOLEMUS Consulting Group’s UBI Quarterly Dashboard, released on Thursday. The dashboard is a 100-page quarterly quantitative and business intelligence report surveying

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Global uptick in CEOs forced out of office for ethical lapses, Canada among lowest incidence of dismissals: Strategy&

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An analysis of CEO successions at the world’s largest 2,500 public companies over the past 10 years shows a marked increase in forced turnovers for ethical lapses, although Canada is among the countries with the lowest incidence of such dismissals.