Canada fears becoming cyber-attack host

OTTAWA – The Public Safety Department worries Canada is becoming a digital launching pad for — not just a target of — malicious cyber-activities, confidential briefing notes reveal.

Traditionally, most cyber-criminals are known for plotting their online schemes in places like Eastern Europe, East Asia and Africa, say departmental notes prepared for a closed-door meeting of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security.

“This may be shifting to more developed countries such as Canada, the U.S. and France — countries with good reputations,” say the notes, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

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