The number of Canadian servers being targeted by hackers has increased sharply, according to an IT security company that compares cybercrime rates around the world.

San Diego-based Websense Inc. argues that hackers are taking advantage of Canada’s “squeaky clean” cyber reputation, which may no longer be as well-deserved as many believe.

A growing number of malicious sites are hosted on Canada's internet service providers, allowing criminals to carry out cyber attacks on Canadian and international users.