“Foreign cyber hackers who attacked federal government departments could have been looking for information on weapon technology and natural resource policy, an expert in China’s cyber spying program says.
“The attacks, revealed by CBC News, targeted the Finance Department, the Treasury Board and Defence Research and Development Canada”, says the story.
“It’s unclear what information the hackers, believed to [sic] based in China, were after.”
But “China has denied any responsibility for the attacks”, says the post, adding:
“The attack gave hackers access to highly classified information and was first detected in early January. The attacks forced the government departments that were targeted to disconnect temporarily from the internet.”
Auditor-general Sheila Fraser (right),”first raised the alarm” about Canada’s weak security in 2002, said the CBC yesterday, quoting her as warning:
“There are access controls that need to be fixed; there are a whole series of minimum security issues that are not being dealt with. There are vulnerabilities. Government needs to fix them.”
She checked again three years later “and found not much had changed”, it says, and this time, “It is important that these things be dealt with and be fixed — the government is vulnerable to attacks”, she declared.
Evidently, says the CBC, “it still is.”
p2pnet – Canadian government computers hacked, February 17, 2011
states – Hackers after weapon information: expert, February 18, 2011
CBC – Foreign hackers attack Canadian government, February 17, 2011
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