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Canadian telecom company suffers data breach

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Canada’s largest telecoms company, Bell Canada, has suffered a major hack which has resulted in the theft of the personal details of 2m account holders – 10% of its customer base. The communications giant was quick to reassure its customers that no payment card numbers or passwords appear to have… Read more »

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Fraudsters hack into VOIP systems and rack up bills

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Canadian VoIP provider Sangoma has suffered a breach of its SIP trunking service, giving criminals the chance to perpetrate so-called toll fraud by making phone calls at the expense of its users amongst the North American SME community. Sangoma has taken commendably swift and comprehensive action to notify its customers… Read more »

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Poor security allows massive Canadian hack

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Hackers have stolen information relating to around 45 million accounts from VerticalScope, a Canadian media company. They have breached over one thousand support forums and online community websites on home, tech and sports – leaving millions of users’ records exposed. The massive breach, which took place in February, has only… Read more »

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Canadian anti-terrorism law prompts hactivist action

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On June 17th, several Canadian government websites fell victim to hackers, with hacker group Anonymous claiming responsibility. The denial of service attack lasted for two hours, but Steven Blaney, Canadian Minister for Public Safety, has reported to the media that no personal data was taken during the attack. The perpetrators… Read more »

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Vitalité Health Network informs patients of privacy breach

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The Vitalité Health Network is informing some patients their personal medical records were accessed without authorization. The privacy breach was discovered over a year ago. A doctor with the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre gained unauthorized access to the files using two hospital computers between Sept. 6, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2012, the… Read more »

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Medical marijuana users file suit against Health Canada

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Health Canada are facing a law suit after allegedly mailing letters to 40,000 people – and identifying them as participants in the Medical Marijuana Access Program. The action was filed in Vancouver by local resident Jason Wilcox on behalf of all Canadians who had been implicated in the security breach…. Read more »

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583,000 Canadian student records go missing

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An external hard drive containing the names, Social Insurance Numbers, birthdays and addresses of nearly 600,000 clients of the Canada Student Loans Program has disappeared. Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the privacy breach on January 11th. The Sheaf reports that the drive contains information on students who… Read more »

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2.4m voter records go missing from Ontario elections warehouse

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It’s hard to believe that a USB stick the size of a thumb can hold as much information as a computer the size of a car could thirty years ago. However, whilst convenient, that little USB is also a lot easier to lose, making it far more likely that private… Read more »

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Mac Flashback trojan infecting 600,000 computers

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As the usage of Macs is on the incline, so are the number of viruses out to infect them. A recent report conducted by Russian antivirus company Dr. Web has found that over half a million Macs are infected with the Flashback trojan, which poses as a Flash Player installer… Read more »

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Auditor takes home 16 CDs worth of personal tax information

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These days, it seems that we hear of a major privacy breach every day which relates to misplaced personal data. But it’s not just a recent problem. Back in 2006, a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditor copied 6 years worth of confidential taxpayer information onto 16 unencrypted CDs and proceeded… Read more »

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