Canada confirms cyber-attack on foreign affairs ministry

The Canadian government confirmed late last night that its foreign affairs ministry, Global Affairs Canada, was the victim of a cyber-attack, and it's still dealing with its after-effects.

"The cyber incident was detected on January 19, after which mitigation actions were taken," the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat said on Twitter last night.

GAC services remain open to the general public, but some internal systems are still down for employees while officials investigate the incident.

Officials said the attack did not impact any other departments of the Canadian government network.

"There are systems and tools in place to monitor, detect, and investigate potential threats, and to take active measures to address and neutralize them when they occur," officials said.

The Canadian government confirmed the incident last night after journalists from Global News first reported on the incident on Monday.

Officials did not attribute the attack to any particular entity or reveal any technical details of what happened, and it is currently unclear if this was an attack that targeted the government's network on purpose or just some random exploitation event that managed to find an unpatched system on GAC's network.

A day after the attack, Canada's cybersecurity agency published a security alert warning that Russian threat actors might target Canada's critical infrastructure. Due to the alert's timing, some security experts and local journalists speculated that the two events could be related.

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Catalin Cimpanu

Catalin Cimpanu

is a cybersecurity reporter who previously worked at ZDNet and Bleeping Computer, where he became a well-known name in the industry for his constant scoops on new vulnerabilities, cyberattacks, and law enforcement actions against hackers.