Canada Investigates Cyberattack Amid Russia Tensions

Federal cybersecurity agencies confirmed Mondaythat there was a recent attack on the computer systems of Global Affairs Canada amid escalating tensions over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The government’s treasury board said last week’s attack kept some diplomats without access to some online services.

The Treasury Board, which confirmed the incident, said “mitigation actions were taken” afterward, but it offered no additional details.

“The Government of Canada deals with ongoing and persistent cyber risks and threats every day,” the board said. “Cyberthreats can result from system or application vulnerabilities, or from deliberate, persistent, targeted attacks by outside actors to gain access to information.”

Moscow, currently in a military standoff with Canada and its NATO allies over Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine, denied allegations that Russia was behind the cyberattack on January 16, 2022. 

Tensions escalated on Monday as the U.S. placed 8,500 troops on heightened alert in Europe.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to show heightened solidarity, NATO announced a series of what it called, “enhanced deterrence and defense” deployments of ships, fighter jets, and troops.

“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the alliance,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

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