Friday, June 03, 2011

Attackers Stole Secret Canadian Government Data

Julie Ireton writes for

Hackers who attacked two of Canada's federal departments stole classified information before being discovered last January, CBC News has learned.

The revelation comes from documents obtained under Access to Information laws, and contradicts what the minister in charge said at the time.

Six months ago, hackers launched an unprecedented cyber attack on the federal government. In January, the government's computer system came under attack.

Hackers sent malicious emails to staff that appeared to be coming from senior managers. When staff opened the attachments, hackers found a path into the federal network, providing access to classified information.

"Indications are that data has been exfiltrated and that privileged accounts have been compromised," said a memo written Jan. 31, 2011.

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