It appears that Canada’s Finance, Defense Research and Development departments, as well as the Treasury Board, were hacked in February by what the Canadian government is calling an “unprecedented” and “significant” cyber attack. Although confirmation is pending, the attack seems to be the work of patriot hackers, using computer servers based in China.
The Canadian government admitted that if the hackers went all the way they would have accessed the financial information of private citizens.
This attack is hard to pull off, on one hand, and dangerously simple, on the other. Although seven months prior, CSIS, Canada’s Spy agency, warned in a CBC report that this attack was coming, the Canadian government still fell victim to it. This could happen to anyone. Someone could be at a conference and send you an email with a link to a picture. You click on it, and your system is infiltrated by malware that hackers can leverage. You have been phished.
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