Federal government, telecom firm, mum about cyber security failure

OTTAWA — Federal bureaucybercrats in charge of cyber security were puzzled about why a private company involved in protecting the federal government’s IT systems didn’t catch an Internet attack against the Canada Revenue Agency earlier this year, according to government e-mails.

The e-mails from Shared Services Canada, released to Postmedia News under access to information laws, show that senior department officials wanted answers from telecommunications company Allstream about why a targeted cyber attack against the CRA slipped past security systems, but the e-mails don’t say what answers Allstream provided.

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