Secret information stolen from Canadian government in January hack

At the beginning of this year in February, there were reports of an attack on three Canadian federal government departments by unknown perpetrators originating from China. The initial report described a breach of the internal networks used by the Finance Department and the Treasury Board. A revision of that report added Defense Research and Development Canada to the list of targets. The DRDC is a civilian agency of the Department of National Defense.

Upon the release of the details by the CBC in February, government officials made no confirmation of whether or not confidential information was stolen from the network. The official statement made at the time was that an "attempt" was made to access federal networks. A similar statement made by former Conservative MP and Treasury Board president Stockwell Day stated that no confidential information was stolen, that the quick shutdown of the internal networks helped to mitigate any data leaks.

However, a memo obtained by CBC under Canada's Access to Information laws showed that confidential information was indeed stolen and "privileged accounts" were compromised, an indication that the federal government tried to cover up the real extent of the security breach.

Mr. Day, who opted not to run for public office again in the past federal election, claims he was not told of any information leakage while he was minister:

Certainly, on the information that I got, I had full confidence that the systems had moved quickly to shut down, that significant information had not in fact been carried away, and that the ongoing assessment of that by the technicians continues.

All the information that I had been getting, up until the point when I was no longer minister, the folders were protected. The walls had been breached, but it looked like the folders were protected, and now comes the painstaking work of seeing if in fact everything was maintained.

Despite the revelation, the Department of Finance and the Treasury Board continue to enact strict Internet access policies for its employees. Workers do their research and policy work on a separate network that is disconnected from the government's internal networks. Barring that option, they take their laptops with them to nearby coffee shops.

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Why Canada? So many asians there so they'd be attacking sort of their own. Canada never did anything wrong to harm anyone to my knowledge.

AnotherITguy said,
Soon itll be the world vs china, wow

Would be a refreshing change from the world vs United States.

auziez said,
Damn Chinese...i knew they were up to something...coming to canada for refuge...pshhhh

Most of them stop at Vancouver anyway.

auziez said,
Damn Chinese...i knew they were up to something...coming to canada for refuge...pshhhh

This coming from a poster who found the above Canadian joke "not that funny"...

timster said,
you mean they stole beer recipes, hockey secrets and instructions on how to build an igloo? hahaha

Thats not very funny.

timster said,
you mean they stole beer recipes, hockey secrets and instructions on how to build an igloo? hahaha

Well I think its better than a hobby of invading other nations for Oil =/. I'm sorry that we provide free housing to those who can't afford a house made out of stone or any other expensive materials (now don't those igloo's sound better) All jokes aside that sucks for Canada

timster said,
you mean they stole beer recipes, hockey secrets and instructions on how to build an igloo? hahaha

I'm sure you graduated out of junior high.

Not.

timster said,
you mean they stole beer recipes, hockey secrets and instructions on how to build an igloo? hahaha

Or they got the farting technique of Terrence & Phillips.

NoctheniK said,

I'm also Canadian and I also found it funny

You are not allowed, the assumption is the poster is American and therefore only worthy of scorn....

P1R4T3 said,

Or they got the farting technique of Terrence & Phillips.

I saw a pic yesterday of two guys in Vancouver jerseys with Terence and Phillip heads! It was pretty cool -

blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2011/05/24/pre-game-jitters-leads-blowing-leads-and-not-leading-at-all/

schubb2003 said,
I saw a pic yesterday of two guys in Vancouver jerseys with Terence and Phillip heads! It was pretty cool -

blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2011/05/24/pre-game-jitters-leads-blowing-leads-and-not-leading-at-all/


Haha, that's awesome. +1 to those with a sense of humor!

Brian Miller said,
WOW! Another one.

Can someone make me a list of all the recent sites & services that have been hacked over the past few months?

It might be faster to give you a list of sites that haven't been hacked

Sraf said,

It might be faster to give you a list of sites that haven't been hacked

lemme break it to ya, american humor is only appreciated within usa...

Einlander said,
It's time for me to unplug my computer from the internet, the neighborhood has changed, it's not as safe anymore.

do it, cya