How the Dutch foiled Russian ‘cyber-attack’ on OPCW

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Four Russians, a car full of electronic equipment, and a foiled plot to hack the world’s foremost chemical weapons watchdog. The Dutch security services say Russia planned a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague earlier this year. At a press conference on Thursday, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld… Read more »

A Quebecer spoke out against the Saudis – then learned he had spyware on his iPhone

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It started with a tub of protein powder. Omar Abdulaziz ordered one on Amazon in late June and was waiting for it to arrive at his Sherbrooke, Que., apartment. Abdulaziz didn’t think much of it when he received a text message later that day from DHL with a link to a tracking number, stating his package was on its… Read more »

Privacy commissioner calling on wireless networks to plug security gap

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Canada’s privacy watchdog is sounding the alarm about the threat of hackers intercepting mobile phone communications from a single phone number. In his annual report, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien responded to an investigative report by Radio-Canada-CBC. “Thanks to a report broadcast last November by the CBC and the Radio Canada, we became aware of a security… Read more »

Why Russian trolls may be more excited that the NFL is back than you are

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Millions of Americans are looking forward to the return of Sunday NFL football this weekend. And somewhere in St. Petersburg, a group of Russian trolls likely is too. The same Kremlin-linked group that posed as Americans on social media during the 2016 US presidential election has repeatedly exploited the controversy surrounding the NFL and players… Read more »

How to protect your personal info on Facebook

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Facebook users who are worried about protecting their personal information in the wake of the alleged privacy breach by Cambridge Analytica have a few options at their disposal. The U.K. data firm has denied any wrongdoing and Facebook has said that, while none of the information leaked was the result of a data breach, it… Read more »

They thought they were downloading Skype. Instead they got spyware

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Since last fall, Turkish internet users attempting to download one of a handful of popular apps may have been the unwitting targets of a wide-reaching computer surveillance campaign. And in Egypt, users across the country have, seemingly at random, had their browsing activity mysteriously redirected to online money-making schemes. Internet filtering equipment sold by technology… Read more »

Federal budget to spend up to $1 billion on cybersecurity

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Next week’s federal budget is expected to make a significant investment in building up Canada’s cyber defences and encouraging tech firms and talented programmers to work with the federal government, CBC News has learned. Several government sources say up to $1 billion has been requested by federal departments to address a growing number of cybersecurity… Read more »