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Cyber attack on Canadian government points to need for resilience

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Last week, the Canadian government was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed responsibility, saying the attack was a protest against proposed federal anti-terrorism legislation that has since become law.

Curiously, the incident seems to have generated little analysis or comment in the public square, at least beyond the initial media reports. Perhaps we have simply become inured to the pace, breadth, and depth of cyber events in the headlines worldwide?

Whatever the case, we would all do well to re-energize and refocus our efforts on cyber-resilience, given the scope and scale of global cyber challenges. See my commentary on the subject, which takes the Canadian case as jump-off point, and which was published today by IPI’s Global Observatory.


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