A cyber incidenthas interrupted some of the Canadian foreign ministry’s nternet-based services. Officials were working to restore those internet services. “Critical services for Canadians” through the foreign ministry were not affected by the incident.
There is no indication that any other government departments have been impacted by this incident. Canadian officials have called for the public to be vigilant in the face of cyber threats.
Canada’s signals intelligence agency last week advised Canadian critical infrastructure operators “to bolster their awareness of and protection against Russian state-sponsored cyber threats,” echoing calls from US and British agencies to brace for potential retaliatory cyber activities from Russia in the context of tensions over Ukraine.
It was unclear if there was any connection whatsoever between the Canadian public advisory and the hacking incident facing the Canadian foreign ministry. Given this investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further on any specific details for operational reasons.