Cyber-Attack on Global Affairs Canada
Cyber-criminals have attacked the federal government entity responsible for Canada’s diplomatic and global relations.
Global Affairs Canada was hit on Wednesday – one day before the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security issued a cyber-threat bulletin urging critical infrastructure operators to strengthen their defenses against known Russian-based cyber-threat activity.
“The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security encourages the Canadian cybersecurity community – especially critical infrastructure network defenders – to bolster their awareness of and protection against Russian state-sponsored cyber threats,” stated the bulletin.
Confirmation of the attack came on Monday via the Treasury Board of Canada, which said that “mitigation actions were taken” in response to the incident.
The digital assault left some diplomats without access to certain online services, according to news source The Star.
Canada’s federal government has not said who it believes is responsible for the attack.
In a statement to ABC News, the Treasury Board said: “We are constantly reviewing measures to protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from electronic threats, hacking, and cyber espionage. We encourage all government and non-government partners to use cyber security best practices.”
The attack came as the United States Department of Homeland Security warned that the US response to a possible