#CyberFLASH: CRTC launches Niagara malware investigation

crtc_logoThe warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing investigation relating to the installation of malicious software (malware) and the alteration of transmission data. The CRTC launched its investigation following a lead from FireEye Inc., a vendor specializing in cyber threat protection and forensics.

“We are working to protect Canadians from online threats by pursuing those individuals and entities who violate Canada’s anti-spam legislation,” Manon Bombardier, CRTC’s chief compliance and enforcement officer, said in a news release. “We are grateful for the assistance that FireEye Inc. provided which led to the execution of this warrant, and we will continue to work closely with our domestic and international partners in the fight against cyber threats.”

Canadians are encouraged to report spam, malware and other electronic threats to the Spam Reporting Centre. The information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

The CRTC does not comment on active investigations, nor does it name the individuals or companies under investigation.

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