Risk of cyber-attacks growing: CSIS memo
A secret memo from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warns that the risk of cyberoffensives against government, university, and industrial computer systems has grown significantly over the past year.
"In addition to being virtually unattributable, these remotely operated attacks offer a productive, secure, and low-risk means to conduct espionage," the memo says. Canadian government officials say they are developing a framework to manage cyberattacks, yet Canada still has no official coordinated cyberattack response strategy.
Meanwhile, a report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, the SecDev Group, and U.S. researchers from the Shadowserver Foundation emphasizes that the federal government must take urgent action or risk being targeted by hackers who steal sensitive information using social media. However, University of Calgary computer science professor John Aycock warns that the Internet's design makes it difficult to provide complete security. "It's not designed to be able to track people back," Aycock says. "There is no one cure-all."
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