Spy warning: cyber-threat to Canada is real and ‘potentially devastating,’

OTTAWA – A recently retired spy says a cyber-attack on key infrastructure such as the power grid could be “potentially devastating” for Canada.

Ray Boisvert, former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has told a security conference an attack could mean malfunctioning cash machines, no gas at the pumps and empty store shelves.

But he says companies and governments are only now beginning to face the threat from rogue states bent on doing damage or stealing secrets.

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