Personal Data of 144K Canadians Breached by Federal Government

Infosecurity | February 17, 2020

New figures tabled in Canada's House of Commons have revealed that at least 144,000 Canadians have had their personal information mishandled by federal departments and agencies over the past two years. The figures were part of an 800-page document written in response to an Order Paper question filed last month by Conservative MP Dean Allison. No information as to how the data came to be mishandled was included in the federal government's lengthy answer.In total, 7,992 breaches were found to have occurred at 10 different agencies and departments. The errors range in severity from minor infractions to serious data breaches that resulted in the exposure of sensitive personal information.

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Financial institutions and businesses involving Internet banking, online brokerage, alternative payment solutions or e-commerce websites in particular face a growing number of targeted attacks. These online banks and their customers are the targets of focused hacking attempts from fraudsters who are constantly trying to execute fraudulent transactions, often resulting in losses amounting to millions of dollars. The attacks come in the form of Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) Trojans, viruses, key-loggers, rootkits, browser redirection and other malware.

Spotlight

Financial institutions and businesses involving Internet banking, online brokerage, alternative payment solutions or e-commerce websites in particular face a growing number of targeted attacks. These online banks and their customers are the targets of focused hacking attempts from fraudsters who are constantly trying to execute fraudulent transactions, often resulting in losses amounting to millions of dollars. The attacks come in the form of Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) Trojans, viruses, key-loggers, rootkits, browser redirection and other malware.

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