[ISN] Cyber attack hits Ottawa; probe focuses on IP addresses from China

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 01:42:02 -0600 (CST)

By Bill Curry and Colin Freeze
Globe and Mail
Feb. 16, 2011

A number of federal departments are struggling to deal with an outside 
cyber attack -- including at the Department of Finance where officials 
are busy working on next month’s budget.

According to senior federal officials, an attack that first became 
public at Treasury Board earlier this month also hit elsewhere in the 
federal public service, including Finance. An investigation into the 
attack is focused on Chinese IP addresses.

The officials also told The Globe and Mail that this isn’t the first 
time Ottawa has had to deal with this type of attack.

A spokesman for Treasury Board President Stockwell Day confirmed the 
department detected an “unauthorized attempt” to access its computer 


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