All you wanted to do was download a game from the Internet, and the next thing you knew, your browser homepage had changed, an unwanted toolbar appeared, and you found yourself plagued by annoying pop-up ads that danced around your screen.
Such experiences should be less of a problem for Canadians thanks to new rules from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which came into effect last week. The new guidelines make it illegal to install programs on an individual’s computing device without the operator’s consent. The rules are designed to protect Canadians from damaging and deceptive forms of spam.Read more
Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which Beijing strongly denied.
China partners each year with thousands of Canadians firms to roll out new technologies, and took advantage of this arrangement to engage in a cyber attack, Ottawa said. "Recently, the government of Canada, through the work of the Communications Security Establishment, detected and confirmed a cyber intrusion on the IT infrastructure of the National Research Council of Canada by a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor," said a government statement.Read more
Telephone numbers, dates of birth, addresses and names of not only mothers but also their infants were sold as well.
Employees of medical facilities in Toronto sold data on 8300 patients to commercial companies at Toronto's Rouge Valley Hospital from 2010 to 2014. As Zecurion Analytics representatives reported the data belonged to young mothers, while staying at the hospital. Moreover, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, names of not only patients, but also their infants were sold. As for the buyers they were commercial companies that provide "services for the management of savings accounts for children's education (RESP- accounts)."Read more
After exposing scandalous spy programs of American and British intelligence services, Edward Snowden leaked some info on the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSEC).
According to top secret documents, leaked by former NSA contractor, CSEC agents used public Wi-Fi in one of the biggest airports of Canada to track wireless devices of thousands of passengers for days when they left the terminal. Data, collected by the surveillance program, included hotel, cafes, restaurants and other public places visited by passengers, as well as means of transportation.Read more
Canada’s intelligence agency deliberately kept the country’s Federal Court “in the dark” to bypass the law in order to outsource its spying on Canadian citizens abroad to foreign security agencies, a federal judge said.
Federal Court Judge, Richard Mosley, has slammed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for knowingly misleading him on numerous occasions.
Since 2009, Mosley has issued a large number of warrants to the CSIS, authorizing interception of electronic communications of unidentified Canadians abroad, who were investigated as threats to domestic security.Read more
New revelation made possible by whistleblower reveals extremely close surveillance collaboration between the two nations.
At the behest of the U.S. National Security Agency, Canada engaged in global spying operations, including setting up spy posts. The collaborative efforts of the two nations' spy agencies covered surveillance in "approximately 20 high-priority countries." The NSA's Canadian counterpart, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), "offers resources for advanced collection, processing and analysis, and has opened covert sites at the request of NSA," CBC reports the NSA document as stating.Read more