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Canada fends off transit system cyberattack

Staff Writer |
A cyberattack on the Ontario government and its transit system in Toronto by North Korea was detected and successfully disrupted, Canadian media reported.

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No personal information was accessed, and the attack did not succeed in disrupting Metrolinx schedules of trains and buses.

Metrolinx is a provincial agency that runs transportation services for Toronto – the fourth largest city in North America and capital of Ontario province – and nearby Hamilton.

Anne Marie Aikins, a spokesperson for Metrolinx, acknowledged that the attack happened recently but would not be more specific, citing security issues.

“The incident is over, but the investigation of it and the action that we take continues to ensure we continue to protect all of our systems,” Aikins said.

“It did not infiltrate any of our systems that protect trains and buses. Safety was not compromised.”

A subsequent investigation showed the malware attack originated in North Korea and was routed through Russia.

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