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[ISN] Cyber attack hits Ottawa; probe focuses on IP addresses from China

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Feb 17 2011 - 07:42:02 GMT

By Bill Curry and Colin Freeze
Globe and Mail
Feb. 16, 2011

A number of federal departments are struggling to deal with an outside
cyber attack -- including at the Department of Finance where officials
are busy working on next month’s budget.

According to senior federal officials, an attack that first became
public at Treasury Board earlier this month also hit elsewhere in the
federal public service, including Finance. An investigation into the
attack is focused on Chinese IP addresses.

The officials also told The Globe and Mail that this isn’t the first
time Ottawa has had to deal with this type of attack.

A spokesman for Treasury Board President Stockwell Day confirmed the
department detected an “unauthorized attempt” to access its computer


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