#CyberFLASH: Hacked Canadian Forces website taken down after redirecting to Chinese state portal

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Canadians trying to learn about career opportunities with the military instead found themselves staring at the landing page of the Chinese central government’s official web portal after the website forces.ca was apparently hacked Thursday to redirect users to the gov.cn domain.

The recruiting website, registered by the Department of National Defence (DND) in February 2001, redirected users to the Chinese government’s homepage until the error was spotted by DND officials, who took the site offline.

Canadians trying to learn about career opportunities with the military instead found themselves staring at the landing page of the Chinese central government’s official web portal after the website forces.ca was apparently hacked Thursday to redirect users to the gov.cn domain.

The recruiting website, registered by the Department of National Defence (DND) in February 2001, redirected users to the Chinese government’s homepage until the error was spotted by DND officials, who took the site offline.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the incident was being investigated, but stopped short of labeling it a security breach.

“When something of this nature happens we treat it with real gravity, and we’ll investigate it,” he said according to the Canadian Press. “That process is underway right now, and as soon as we know the facts, we’ll be commenting further on that.”

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#CyberFLASH: Military hard drive containing personal information found by Halifax man

11-1A hard drive containing information believed to belong to the Canadian military is sitting in the closet of a Halifax man.

“It seemed to me like some of the documents contained information on personnel that I probably, or nobody, should be able to access unless they had the proper clearance,” Pete Stevens told Global News Friday.

Stevens found the hard drive at a recycling depot in Dartmouth almost a year ago. When he finally went to use it, he was surprised by what he found.

“I ran a recovery software and I basically saw some files that, basically, should have been deleted from the previous owner.”

The hard drive contains hundreds, if not thousands of pages of information. According to Stevens, he was able to locate encrypted emails, training manuals and blueprints within minutes of searching the drive.

Most of the information appears to be from the years 1999-2006 and deals with HMCS Halifax.

David Fraser, a privacy lawyer in Halifax, says no matter how old the information is, it’s not supposed to wind up in the hands of someone without proper clearance.

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