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Canadian Cybercrime and Fraud Trends Report Notes a Drastic Increase in Bot and Human Initiated Attacks | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Report Highlights 183% Increase in Bot Attacks for Canadian Ecommerce Industry

ATLANTA, Aug. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — LexisNexis® Risk Solutions published its Canadian Cybercrime and Fraud Trends Report, which provides an overview on Canadian transactions and attacks detected by the LexisNexis® Digital Identity Network® between January-December 2022. Canadian transactions processed by the Digital Identity Network® totaled approximately 8 billion in 2022, a 32% increase year over year (YOY). Based on the report’s findings, Canada experienced a 30% increase in human initiated attacks and a 52% increase in bot attacks.

The study found that digital transactions increased significantly in Canada YOY with 80% of transactions occurring via mobile devices. Notably, the Canadian mobile browser attack rate increased to 5.1% YOY and was substantially higher than the worldwide average of 2.7% during the same period.

Canadian financial services organizations experienced one of the highest overall attack rates globally, second only to LATAM financial services organizations. The highest attack rates across Canadian financial services occurred at new account opening (5.2%) and payments (5.8%). Notably, the Canadian ecommerce industry experienced a significant 183% increase in bot attacks.   

“This study shows that Canadian organizations experience unique fraud trends compared to global and U.S. averages. The growth in bot volume in Canada was substantial and certain industries such as financial services experienced some of the highest attack rates globally,” said Alanna Shuh, director, fraud and identity strategy for Canada, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “It’s clear that organizations utilizing a global intelligence consortium and layering solutions at each consumer touchpoint are better equipped to stop fraud in its tracks, especially given the increasing size and complexity of global fraud networks.”

Key takeaways from The LexisNexis Risk Solutions Canadian Cybercrime and Fraud Trends Report:

  • Growth in Digital Transactions: At the time of the report, digital transactions in the Digital Identity Network® grew 32% YOY.
  • Mobile Channels at High Risk: Canada is consistently a highly mobile country relative to other global regions with 80% of transactions occurring via the mobile channel. Canada also experienced an especially high mobile browser attack rate of 5.1% compared to the global mobile browser attack rate of 2.7%.  
  • Different Industries, Different Attack Trends: Canada experienced a 30% increase in human-initiated attacks and a 52% increase in bot attacks YOY. The ecommerce industry saw a 183% increase in bot attacks, while financial services experienced a 31% increase in human initiated attacks.

Access the Canadian Cybercrime and Fraud Trends Report.

The study analyzed 79.8B global transactions between January – December 2022 across industries and use cases utilizing digital identity intelligence to distinguish good users from fraudsters. The Digital Identity Network uses device, location, behavior and threat data to help verify legitimacy of transactions while reporting attacks. The study focused on interactions with digital services, not network intrusion attacks. 

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions 
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions includes seven brands that span multiple industries and sectors. We harness the power of data, sophisticated analytics platforms and technology solutions to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. For more information, please visit LexisNexis Risk Solutions and RELX.

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