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Canada’s foreign affairs department hit with cyberattack

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  • It came days after the government issued a malware warning

CANADA – According to the Treasury Board of Canada, Canada’s foreign affairs department was the target of a cyberattack last week.

As per statement issued to ABC News by the Treasury Board, the hack of Global Affairs Canada, the government agency responsible for diplomatic and global affairs, occurred on Wednesday.

The statement makes no mention of who was responsible for the cyberattack.

As a result of the attack, some people are unable to access the internet, and internet-based services are now unavailable, however mitigation measures are being implemented to restore them.

According to the Treasury Board, no other government agency was subjected to a hack.

“We are constantly reviewing measures to protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from electronic threats, hacking, and cyber espionage. We encourage all government and non-government partners to use cyber security best practices,” the statement says.

The attack comes amid rising tensions in Ukraine, and comes only two days after the Canada Centre for Cyber Security issued a warning that malware was being used to target Ukrainian companies.

The Department of Homeland Security warned on Sunday that if the government responds to a probable Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States might become a target of Russian cyberattacks.

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