#CyberFLASH: Cyberattack on federal government breached system holding personal data, privacy watchdog says

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OTTAWA—Hackers who targeted Canada’s National Research Council infiltrated a system containing personal information, the federal privacy czar says.

The privacy commissioner’s office said Thursday it was first informed of the breach on July 23 and further briefed on Monday — at which point the exposure of personal data was confirmed.

The attack appears to be a serious security issue, but the full extent of the impact has yet to be determined, said Tobi Cohen, a spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office.

“We are following developments very closely due to the potential implication for personal information,” Cohen said. “We intend to continue communicating with the NRC to ensure we remain informed of any relevant privacy issues and to determine next steps.”

The federal government revealed Tuesday that the council’s networks were the target of a cyberattack, resulting in the shutdown of the key research agency’s IT system for an extended period.

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