Navy spy’s actions only a bump on the road to better intelligence-gathering

OTTAWA – Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lt. Jeffery Delisle supplied top secret intelligence to Russia from 2007 until his arrest in January 2012. Some say Delisle’s actions seriously damaged Canada’s participation in the “Five Eyes” intelligence community – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – the most exclusive intelligence-sharing club in the world.

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IT upgrade needed for cyber threats Canadian networks at risk from online ‘terrorist group’ attacks

Terrorists are ready to target Canadian IT networks with Internet-based attacks, the RCMP warned Thursday, adding the force needed to better its ability to combat this emerging threat.

“One area that requires improved capabilities is countering cyber-threats to national security,” the Mounties wrote in the force’s annual review. “Terrorist groups have expressed interest in developing the capabilities for computer-based attacks against Canada’s critical infrastructure.”

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‘Improved capabilities’ needed to combat cyber-threats to national security, RCMP say

OTTAWA – Terrorists are ready to target Canadian IT networks with Internet-based attacks, the RCMP warned Thursday, adding the force needed to better its ability to combat this emerging threat.

“One area that requires improved capabilities is countering cyber-threats to national security,” the Mounties wrote in the force’s annual review. “Terrorist groups have expressed interest in developing the capabilities for computer-based attacks against Canada’s critical infrastructure.”

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Feds need to add regulations to force Canadians to think about cyber-security, experts say

OTTAWA — One day after a top Tory senator suggested the government and Canadians didn’t want more regulations on how we use cyberspace, a former British spy chief said that thinking needed to be deleted.

Governments need to possibly create more red tape to force companies and individuals to think about cyber-security because too few are doing enough to protect themselves and others from cyber-threats, Sir David Pepper told a security conference Wednesday in Ottawa.

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US, Canada launch joint cybersecurity plan

The action plan, under the auspices of the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada, aims to better protect critical digital infrastructure and improve the response to cyber incidents.

“Canada and the US have a mutual interest in partnering to protect our shared infrastructure,” said the Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

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Hackers infiltrate Calgary-based technology firm

A leading international expert on computer hacking says cyber-attacks are increasingly targeting the heart of Canada’s infrastructure, including oil pipelines and major public utilities.

CBC News has confirmed a recent cyber-attack successfully breached a Calgary-based supplier of control systems for electrical power grids, municipal water systems, public transit operations, and most of Canada’s major oil and gas pipelines.

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Canada Investigates Cyber Attack

The Canadian government said it is looking into a cyber-attack on the Canadian arm of a company that designs software for the energy industry and helps other firms protect themselves against cyber-attack.

A spokesman for the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre said they are aware that Telvent, which is owned by French firm Schneider Electric SA, had been hacked into.

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U.S. swapping cyber notes with allies

The Defense Department has reached what Pentagon officials describe a key agreement with some of the United States’ closest international allies to share information in the cyber realm.

The agreement allows the Pentagon to quickly share broad amounts of information on cyber attacks with the four other members of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group (formally known as the UKUSA Agreement): the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

“We have far more ability to share, particularly in relation to network defense and information assurance, than we’ve ever had previously. That’s very positive,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. George Allen, director of plans and policy for U.S. Cyber Command said on August 16. “I think you’ll see a far better partnership with our coalition partners than you’ve ever seen” as the Five Eyes countries integrate the information into their exercises and planning.

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