Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity plan for federal government takes aim at ‘inefficiencies, blind spots’

The federal government has unfurled a new cybersecurity strategy aimed at protecting its vast array of computer systems and information banks against a growing variety of threats.  The strategy released Wednesday says while the government has made progress on improving cybersecurity in recent years, the online dangers have advanced even faster.  A renewed commitment is […]

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B.C. confident that cybersecurity attacks on government were state directed

A state or state-sponsored actor was likely responsible for a series of cybersecurity attacks targeting British Columbia government networks, Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s public safety minister and solicitor general, said Friday. He said he personally did not know the identity of the state or state-sponsored actor, and was currently not prepared to identify them if he […]

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B.C. cyber attack: Minister says police probing bid to breach government systems

Police are involved in the investigation into a sophisticated attempt to breach protected British Columbia government information systems, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said Thursday. But Farnworth, who is also B.C.’s public safety minister, said there was no evidence the cyberattack succeeded in accessing the information and there had been no ransom demand. “I can tell […]

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May Cyber Attack

The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is monitoring the government’s response to the series of “sophisticated cybersecurity incidents” identified over the course of the last week across the Government of British Columbia.  “Questions such as ‘how did this happen?’ and ‘what is being done to improve information security and prevent future incidents?’ must […]

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B.C. government networks hit by ‘sophisticated cybersecurity incidents’: Eby

British Columbia Premier David Eby said late Wednesday that the province had identified “sophisticated cybersecurity incidents” involving government networks. A government source later said the incidents were related to a directive to all provincial employees early last week that they should immediately change their passwords. That directive had previously been described by B.C.’s Office of […]

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London Drugs president says sorry for cyber breach, no evidence customer data taken

The president of London Drugs has issued a letter apologizing for a cybersecurity incident that forced the company to close stores for more than a week, but he says there’s no evidence customer databases were compromised. The letter from Clint Mahlman says the Richmond, B.C.-based company is still investigating the April 28 incident, and should […]

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The UK says a huge payroll data breach by a ‘malign actor’ has exposed details of military personnel

LONDON (AP) — The names and bank details of thousands of serving British soldiers, sailors and air force members have been exposed in a data breach by a “malign actor” who may have had state help, defense officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Defense said the breach occurred at a third-party payroll system holding bank […]

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B.C. library co-op seals leak after hacker obtained data, demanded ransom

A hacker demanded ransom money after obtaining data from a server used by libraries throughout British Columbia, but a system manager who responded to the incident says the leak was limited and the issue was fixed immediately. Scott Leslie is the privacy and security officer for the B.C. Libraries Cooperative and says they received an […]

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London Drugs rebuilding infrastructure after cybersecurity breach

Justice Minister Arif Virani tried to play down suggestions Tuesday that a proposed new sabotage offence would allow authorities to stifle dissent by dismantling rail blockades or breaking up pipeline protests. The sabotage provision, part of a bill to counter foreign interference, focuses on conduct directed at essential infrastructure such as systems that enable transportation […]

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Change Healthcare cyberattack was due to a lack of multifactor authentication, UnitedHealth CEO says

The military defector was killed in a hail of gunfire and then run over by a car in Spain. The opposition figure was struck repeatedly with a hammer in Lithuania. The journalist fell ill from a suspected poisoning in Germany. Since President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, attacks and harassment of Russians — […]

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London Drugs phone lines working, stores still closed after cybersecurity incident

Retailer London Drugs says it’s rebuilding its data infrastructure with the help of leading third-party experts to bring its operations safely back online after a cybersecurity incident that has shut down stores for five days.  The store says in a statement that there are billions of lines of data and code to review, but its […]

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London Drugs phone lines working, stores still closed after cybersecurity incident

London Drugs says its phone lines are working again after being taken offline in response to a cybersecurity incident.  A statement from the Richmond, B.C.-based pharmacy and retail chain says Canada Post offices inside London Drugs stores are also up and running again. The company closed all of its stores across Western Canada until further […]

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