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The 'Riskiest' Cities In Canada: Study Finds 50 Cities At Risk Of Cybercrime

02/22/2012 06:56 EST | Updated 02/22/2012 09:10 EST
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The cyber world isn't looking too friendly for one Ontario city.

For the second year in a row, the city of Burlington, Ont., has been named the "riskiest" online city due to high rates of cybercrime, according to a study by security software company Norton.

The study ranked cities based on access to Wi-Fi hotspots, consumer spending on computers, the use of the Internet and smartphones, and behaviour on social networking sites.

Burlington was followed by three British Columbia cities, including Port Coquitlam in second place, Vancouver in third and Langley in fourth.

Last year, Burlington's mayor didn't take the news so well. Mayor Cam Jackson said he agreed with his city's growth, but questioned Norton's research.

"What I don't understand is how they came up with the numbers on cybercrime," he told ITBusiness.ca. "We need to be told what the purpose of this study is, whether it's for commercial or academic use," he added.

Norton noted in their press release that the study's intention was to "highlight the various potential risk factors that exist in our modern, constantly connected world ... Awareness is the first step to remaining secure."

Cyber crime rates cost Canadians $5.5 billion in 2010, according to a study released by Symantec. At least 7.3 million Canadians were victims of cybercrime last year, and there are about 20,000 new victims each day.

Where does your city stand: Are you a victim of cybercrime and excessive use of Facebook or did your city rank low? Here are the top 20:

WORST CITIES IN CANADA FOR CYBERCRIME