Canada’s cyber espionage warns of critical infrastructure at risk of Russian cyberattacks

The Government of Canada has warned of Russia-backed cyberattacks on Canada’s critical infrastructure amid growing tensions between Western countries and Moscow over concerns over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Canada Cyber ​​Security Center (Cyber ​​Center) states in the newsletter issued On January 20, it was discovered that Russia was aware of Russia-backed cyber threat activities targeting key Canadian infrastructure network operators, including operational and information technology.

The Cyber ​​Center encourages defenders of the Canadian cyber security community, especially critical infrastructure networks, to “strengthen awareness and protection of Russian state-sponsored cyber threats.” It also states that critical infrastructure network operators need to be prepared to “separate critical infrastructure components.”

The warning was issued when Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly was closing a European tour that included a stopover in Ukraine. Russia, along with tanks and other heavy artillery, deployed an army of about 100,000 across the Ukrainian border, aggravating the threat of aggression throughout Europe. Jolly said Moscow would face severe sanctions if it made further moves against Ukraine. Russia denied this intention.

The Ukrainian power grid was hit by a cyberattack on December 23, 2015, resulting in a power outage of more than 200,000 Ukrainians in up to 6 hours. The attack was due to a Russian threat group known as the “sandworm team” linked to the Russian military intelligence.

A similar warning to Canada about the Russian state-sponsored cyber threat to America’s critical infrastructure issued January 11th by US Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency.

“The greatest strategic threat”

In its bulletin, Cyber ​​Center, a unit of the Federal Offices Communications Security Establishment, told defenders of Canada’s critical infrastructure networks “Cyber ​​Incident Response Plans,” “Business Continuity Plans,” and “Communications Plans.” I am asking you to make sure that you have. Place them and be ready to use them when needed.

Defenders of critical infrastructure networks are also required to notify the Cyber ​​Center of suspicious or malicious cyber activity.

before Report published in 2020, The Cyber ​​Center said: [Canadian] Critical infrastructure for vulnerabilities. In particular, “state-sponsored programs from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea pose the greatest strategic threat to Canada,” the report said, and state-sponsored cyber activities are usually “with Canadians.” It is the most sophisticated threat to Canadians, “he added. Organization. “

The report added that the COVID-19 pandemic shows how dependent the Canadian economy is on digital infrastructure.

As the number of Canadians working from home grows exponentially, “protection and security of cyber and telecommunications infrastructure, hardware and software, and the supply chains that support them is critical to national security and economic prosperity. “The report states.

According to the agency WebsiteThe Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security leads Canada’s response to cybersecurity events, aims to protect and defend the country’s valuable cyber assets, and is private to help solve the country’s most difficult cyber problems. We work with both the sector and the public sector.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Matthew Truman