Federal government investigating cyber attacks in tension with Russia

Ottawa — The Federal Cyber ​​Security Agency confirmed a recent cyberattack on Canada’s Global Affairs Canada on Monday amid heightened tensions over the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The federal government did not reveal who was behind the January 19 attack, and almost a week later some diplomats lost access to some online services.

However, the attack occurred the day before the Canadian Cyber ​​Security Center urged businesses to strengthen their protection against potential Russian-backed attacks.

The Finance Commission, which confirmed the case, subsequently stated that “mitigation measures had been taken,” but no further details were given.

“The Government of Canada is tackling ongoing and lasting cyber risks and threats every day,” he said.

“Cyber ​​threats can result from vulnerabilities in systems and applications, or intentional and persistent targeted attacks by external attackers to access information.”

Moscow is currently in a state of military conflict with Canada, and NATO’s allies over Russia’s military power have been built on the border with Ukraine, which was also the target of a major cyberattack on January 16.

Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of the attacks that Moscow denied.

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. This is what Russia denied.

Tensions escalated on Monday as the United States deployed an army of 8,500 people who became more vigilant in Europe.

Meanwhile, NATO has also announced a series of deployments called “enhanced deterrence and defense” deployments of ships, fighters and the military to show increased solidarity.

Denmark sent frigate ships to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 fighters to Lithuania. Spain was sending a ship and was thinking of sending a fighter to Bulgaria. France said it was ready to send troops to Romania under NATO’s command. The Netherlands planned to send a pair of F-35 stealth fighters to Bulgaria. The United States said it was considering increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe.

“NATO will continue to take all necessary steps to protect and protect all allies, including strengthening the eastern part of the alliance,” said NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg.

“We are constantly responding to deteriorating security environments, including strengthening collective defense.”

Britain said some diplomats would be withdrawn from the Ukrainian embassy after the United States ordered the families of embassy staff to leave.

Global Affairs Canada said it cannot discuss Canada’s diplomatic plans in Ukraine for security reasons.

“Many emergency response plans are in place. The safety of Canadian diplomats and their families is, of course, a top priority, and we stay there for Ukraine to ensure the safety of Canadians and Ukrainians. “I will,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is on the agenda as Trudeau and his cabinet hold a three-day virtual retreat ending on Wednesday.

“This is very important to us, and we can say that we will consider the situation in Ukraine as part of the next three days of cabinet talks,” Trudeau said.

On Monday night, Global Affairs Canada added stronger wording to its recommendations to warn Canadians of mandatory trips to Ukraine since last week.

The advisory now suggests that Canadians in Ukraine are considering leaving.

“If you’re in Ukraine, you need to assess whether your presence is essential,” said Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, a new message posted on Twitter.

Along Mike Blanchefield

Canadian press