Breaking news: RCMP facing ‘alarming’ cyber attack

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The RCMP is facing a serious cyber attack from an unspecified threat actor.

The Mounties told CBC News today that a “breach of this magnitude is alarming.”

“The situation is evolving quickly but at this time, there is no impact on RCMP operations and no known threat to the safety and security of Canadians,” a spokesperson for the RCMP said in a statement issued to CBC News.

“The quick work and mitigation strategies put in place demonstrate the significant steps the RCMP has taken to detect and prevent these types of threats,” CBC News was told.

So far the RCMP’s web sites don’t appear to be affected.

It could be a coincidence, but this week, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment — the government’s cybersecurity and electronic spy agency — urged IT departments to be vigilant for attacks, because Saturday is the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The worry is that Russian government threat actors or groups affiliated or sympathetic to Russia will mark the time by launching cyber attacks against nations supporting Ukraine.

The CSE said possible activity ranges from defacing websites and denial of service attacks to more serious activities.

The post Breaking news: RCMP facing ‘alarming’ cyber attack first appeared on IT World Canada.
Howard Solomon
Howard Solomonhttps://www.itworldcanada.com
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times.

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