#CyberFLASH: Canadian Trade secrets increasingly under attack from hackers, Foreign Affairs warns

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OTTAWA — Foreign affairs’ networks face daily cyber attacks, with the “range and severity” increasing, raising the risk that secret information about trade negotiations could fall into the wrong hands, the department says.

It’s not only information about trade negotiations that is under attack from cyberspace: sensitive information about foreign policy passes through the worldwide network used by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) at all hours of the day.

Messages can be sent to any of Canada’s allies, or to one of more than 170 Canadian missions abroad.

In a report to Parliament in early November, the department flagged cyber security as a key risk that it must continue to address, saying the loss of sensitive information “could have significant negative consequences for Canada.”

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