Documents lift veil on cyber-security web behind Canadian government firewalls

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OTTAWA — It only took one click for a federal worker to allow malware to infect about 1,800 computers at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada late last year. It took just a little longer for security staff to wipe the malicious code from workstations.

But it wasn’t as simple a job as it sounds.

Emails and incident response reports from the department charged with overseeing the IT infrastructure shared by 43 different government departments give a glimpse into how Shared Services Canada interacts with other departments, and how sophisticated email scams can bypass firewalls and successfully con federal workers with messages appearing to come from government agencies.

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Men targets for online strip scam, cops warn

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OTTAWA — Police in Gatineau, Que., are warning about a scam in which women convince men they meet online to strip during webcam conversations, then blackmail them for cash.

The scam is targeted at men who regularly use online dating sites.

Police say a woman starts chatting up a man on the site and convinces him to go on webcam with her.

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12 Cyber shopping scams of Christmas

One-in-three Canadians plan to do their Christmas shopping on a smartphone or a tablet this year, according to a study released today by the cyber security company McAfee.

And close to 60 per cent  in total plan to shop online, where it’s on their home computer, at work or on a mobile device.

And where people flock with their credit cards, the scammers are sure to show up, so if you count yourself in the growing trend to mobile shopping, take time to check out McAfee’s warning of the top 12 scams of Christmas.

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Phone and Web fraudsters getting more sophisticated

With new telephone and Internet scams appearing daily, government agencies are cautioning Canadians to be on alert when questioned about their banking information.

The FCAC says these scams are sophisticated and costly, and sound legitimate.

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