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Cyber attack on Canadian government

2011-02-25

School of computing professor and computer security expert David Skillicorn is available to talk about the cyber attack on highly classified federal government information by foreign hackers.

“This goes on all the time. The only thing that is surprising to me is that it’s been made public. Hackers are doing this to every country on the planet. Some person in the Canadian government probably opened an attachment in an email and that opened up the system and opened the door for the hackers. It’s called spear phishing,” says Dr. Skillicorn.

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