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Canada worried about infrastructure hacks

Staff Writer |
The Canadian government is really worried about cyber attacks that have targeted critical infrastructure and it has helped companies improve defenses without disclosing hacks to the public.

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The comment by Scott Jones, an assistant deputy minister at Canada's Communications Security Establishment intelligence agency, follows a warning from the United States that sophisticated hackers are targeting U.S. infrastructure, including nuclear, energy, aviation, water and manufacturing industries.

"Do we think something's going to happen tomorrow? No," Jones said. "Is it technically possible? Yes, and that's what we're worried about."

Jones said Canada had seen a level of hacking activity that was "comparable" to what had been reported in the United States.

Jones said the government rarely goes public when it uncovers hacking activity because that would let attackers know they had been caught. Instead, it quietly reaches out to targeted firms.

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