[ISN] Canada easy prey for cyber attacker: expert

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:35:34 -0600 (CST)

By Vito Pilieci
The Ottawa Citizen
March 24, 2010

OTTAWA - Canada is woefully unprepared for a massive cyber-attack that 
is within the capabilities of any run-of-the-mill hacker, and which 
could cripple the business of the nation, warns a leading security 

Dragos Ruiu, an Edmonton-based computer security consultant, says it's 
time for the government to protect complex computer networks that can 
now be hijacked with the simplest of tools.

"There has got to be a lot more thought and a lot more talk and a lot 
more brains applied to the situation," said Ruiu. "The cyber-warfare 
world is the only place a 17-year-old kid can take on a nation-state and 

Ruiu, a key organizer of the CanSecWest Applied Security Conference that 
opens in Vancouver today, said that when it comes to computer security, 
even the popular pocket-sized smartphones are open to attack. He said 
this year.s conference will play host to a hacking contest to see which 
cellphone is the most secure.


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