OTTAWA — Workers preparing the former Nortel complex as the new home for the Department of National Defence have discovered electronic eavesdropping devices, prompting new fears about the security of the facility.
It’s not clear whether the devices were recently planted or left over from an industrial espionage operation when Nortel occupied the complex.
Canadian government officials are regularly targeted on their BlackBerrys and other electronic devices by foreign states and businesses, posing serious security risks and potentially “disastrous” consequences for federal organizations.
Federal prosecutors secretly charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with three felonies last week, according to a criminal complaint that was unsealed late Friday evening. Snowden was charged with three felonies that each carry a maximum of 10 years in prison: Theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person.
A national identity scheme goes global. THE founders of the internet were academics who took users' identities on trust. When only research co-operation was at stake, this was reasonable. But the lack of secure identification is now hampering the development of e-commerce and the provision of public services online.
A former FBI agent was sentenced to more than three years in prison for disclosing confidential national security information about a foiled bomb plot to an Associated Press reporter. Former FBI explosives specialist Donald Sachtleben, who was also sentenced to eight years in prison in a separate child pornography case, pleaded guilty in September in both cases.
In the wake of recent revelations about surveillance activities by governments around the world, it’s clear that electronic espionage is a major threat for Canadian banks, says Rick Waugh, chief executive of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
There is strong evidence that countries such as China and Russia consider it in their interests to engage in economic spying on Canada, said Mr. Waugh, who is set to retire on Nov. 1, ending a 43-year career with ScotiaBank, the last decade of which as CEO.
MONTREAL — Cyber criminals will still be out in force in 2014, but privacy is expected to come to the forefront of digital concerns.
Along with scams, cyber security firms see a continued risk to citizens’ privacy with basic activities such as posting on social media sites, downloading apps on their smartphones and, of course, through indiscretions.
The bad guys are trying to steal your privacy, too
“The bad guys are trying to steal your privacy, too,” said Kevin Haley of the security software firm Symantec.
There is no doubt the Internet has transformed our lives and will continue to do so. For many of us it’s hard to remember how we did business before the web changed everything.
Some of us even used to write letters and make phone calls – remember those! Meanwhile an entire generation has grown up knowing no other way of doing business.
Yet perhaps we have become too relaxed. While we gain from the convenience and new business opportunities the Internet has given us, another group has benefitted also: cyber-criminals.
Hackers with Anonymous say they breached supposedly secure Canadian government computers and accessed high-level, classified national security documents as retaliation for last week’s fatal shooting by the RCMP of an activist at a protest in British Columbia.
To support their claim, members of Anonymous provided the National Post with a document that appears to be legitimate Treasury Board of Canada notes on federal cabinet funding to fix flaws in the foreign stations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).