Data Security
REGINA — Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner says it's time for “a culture of caution” for government organizations and the public as they navigate the digital world.
Montreal native Michael Calce knows how dangerous and inventive hackers can be. Under the screen name “Mafiaboy,” Calce caused an estimated $1.7 billion worth of damage when he targeted and took down several major e-commerce sites back in 2000. He was 15 years old at the time.
OTTAWA — Canadian privacy could be imperilled by apparent U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors, a federal watchdog says.
BRUSSELS — Canada’s deeply entrenched role in the fight against global extremism is more focused these days on intelligence-gathering — and sharing — than on putting more boots on the ground in the Middle East, Justin Trudeau suggested Thursday.
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is facing criticism from the Opposition for using a private email server to do government business.
TOKYO — The worldwide “ransomware” cyberattack wreaked havoc in hospitals, schools and offices across the globe on Monday. Asia reported thousands of new cases but no large-scale breakdowns as workers started the week by booting up their computers.
SAN FRANCISCO — Google said it shut down an email spam campaign that impersonated its online file service, Google Docs.
TORONTO — Indigo Books & Music Inc. says it has reset passwords for a number of its customers’ online Indigo accounts after noticing unauthorized access.
Symantec, the makers of Norton security products, has released its annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), finding cyber criminals revealed new levels of ambition in 2016 — “a year marked by extraordinary attacks, including multi-million dollar virtual bank heists and overt attempts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process by state-sponsored groups”.
OTTAWA — The controversial data-crunching centre run by Canada’s spy agency has long been using personal details gleaned from security clearance forms to help with national security probes — a practice that worries the federal privacy watchdog, newly disclosed letters show.
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