Cyber heist: Thieves drain ATMs from Canada, 26 other countries of $45 million

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NEW YORK — The sophistication of a global network of thieves who drained cash machines around the globe of an astonishing $45 million in mere hours sent ripples through the security world, not merely for the size of the operation and ease with which it was carried out, but also for the threat that more such thefts may be in store.

Seven people were arrested in the U.S., accused of operating the New York cell of what prosecutors said was a network that carried out thefts at ATMs in 27 countries from Canada to Russia. Law enforcement agencies from more than a dozen nations were involved in the investigation, U.S. prosecutors in New York said Thursday.

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NDP call for broader probe into data breaches, identity fraud

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OTTAWA — The opposition New Democrats will ask a Commons committee next week to widen the scope of its investigation into identity fraud and probe the reasons behind thousands of data breaches that have plagued the federal government over the past 10 years.

The NDP argue such a study is needed to see what’s being done to solve “this massive problem,” and reduce the risk that future breaches could lead to someone having their identity stolen.

“We have no idea how many cases of data loss or breach or hacking have resulted in Canadians having their personal information or financial information stolen,” NDP MP Charlie Angus said. “We need to find that out.”

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$20m to fund cyber strategies

images-101Stating that “sophisticated threats demand sophisticated responses,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay has committed $20 million to fund projects aimed at making Canada safer from cyber attacks.

Among the 26 science and technology initiatives to receive funding is a joint government-academic project to develop capabilities to “identify, locate and mitigate potential wireless security threats,” strengthen Canada’s digital infrastructure, and improve responses to cyber threats. The partners in the project are Defence Research and Development Canada, Laval University in Quebec City and the University of Western Ontario in London.

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Tories release cyber-security action plan

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OTTAWA — A policy gap in the federal government’s cyber-security efforts was filled Thursday with the release of an action plan the auditor general said was badly needed.

The action plan lays out who is responsible for what when it comes to cyber attacks and any successful intrusions, what initiatives the government wants to see happen under the cyber-security strategy, and a timeline for implementation.

Of the 68 actions listed in the plan, 36 are ongoing, one has yet to begin — a five-year review of the strategy, scheduled to happen in 2015 — and 30 are either completed or said to be on track to be finished by the end of the year.

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Teen porn website listed on B.C. politician’s site

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The website of Linda Reid, B.C.’s deputy speaker and the Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly for Richmond East, includes the web address of a teen porn site.

Reid’s personal campaign website and Facebook page both list her site with a lindareid.com address, though her site is actually a lindareid.ca address. The discrepancy is likely a typo.

The .com website, actually called Teen Flesh, is plastered with images of what appear to be teenage girls engaged in hardcore sex acts. Reid has no affiliation with lindareid.com

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Tories finalize cyber security plan

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OTTAWA — A crucial — and missing — piece in the government’s strategy to keep its systems and information safe from cyber-attacks has been circulated to federal departments and will be released by mid-June — eight months after a scathing report from the federal auditor general.

That report found the government’s cyber security strategy was missing an action plan that lays out who was to do what in the event of a digital attack or breach, as well as set goals that could be used to measure how far the government has come in its cyber-security goals.

In late February, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was told that the plan was finished and approved by assistant deputy ministers in at least seven government departments.

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SC Congress Toronto Brings Answers to Critical IT Security Problems

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SC Congress Toronto 2013, Canada’s premier information security event, announces its fourth annual conference and expo at the Metro Convention Center in Toronto on June 11 – 12, 2013. The event brings industry thought leaders together to provide the answers IT professionals need to secure today’s enterprise networks against increasingly sophisticated and targeted attacks.

“Cyber threats are constantly evolving and targeting organizations of all sizes and industries,” said Illena Armstrong, Vice President of Editorial, SC Magazine. “We designed SC Congress Toronto to provide solutions and tactics for the risks Canadian IT professionals are facing right now.”

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Tories prepared to spend $200,000 for better cyber intelligence

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OTTAWA — The federal government is set to spend up to $200,000 a year for an outside company to track all cyber attacks in Canada and rank how bad the attacks are relative to those in the rest of the world.

The statement of work details precisely what the government requires. It says that the monthly, quarterly and annual reports needed should be “truly representative of the actual cyber threat activity around the world.”

The reports would fill a blind spot in intelligence.

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