Canada wants G7 nations to have rapid-reaction cybersecurity team after Ukraine attack – National

Canada wants G7 nations to have rapid-reaction cybersecurity team after Ukraine attack – National

Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is pushing G7 countries to set up a rapid reaction group on cybersecurity to help build resilience to post-Ukraine invasion attacks.

Champagne suggested at a meeting of G7 digital ministers in Germany that they pool their knowledge to defend against attacks and protect crucial information technology infrastructure.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister and digital minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, virtually joined the G7 meeting, which Champagne said sparked not only empathy but also a desire for action from Canada and its allies.

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Champagne’s call for a rapid reaction group follows warnings from cybersecurity agencies in Canada, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand, known as the Five Eyes, that sanctions on Russia could expose them. to cyber crime.

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Speaking after the G7 meeting, the minister said the proposed cybersecurity task force would help better prepare Canada and its allies to defend against cyber aggression now and in the future.

“This was a major topic of discussion: How can you do more together?” he said. “What we proposed is a task force to increase our collective resilience.”

He said the G7, which includes the UK, US and Germany, discussed learning from what happened in Ukraine, as well as the experiences of other nations subject to cyberattacks.


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Last month, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned in a cybercrime statement on its website that the imposition of sanctions on Russia and support for Ukraine by the United States and its allies could lead to cyber attacks.

The statement said it could “occur as a response to the unprecedented economic costs imposed on Russia, as well as the material support provided by the United States and its allies and partners.”

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Canada’s Security Intelligence Service warned in a public report released last week that “Canada remains a target for malicious cyber espionage, sabotage, foreign influence and terrorism-related activities that pose significant security threats.” nationality of Canada, its interests and its economic stability. .”

It said that “cyber actors carry out malicious activities” to further political, economic, military, security and ideological interests and to compromise government and private sector computer systems.


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The report warned that “Russian cyber actors” remain a threat to Canada, as do those linked to China, who “continue to target multiple critical sectors within Canada.”

Last year, Chinese state-sponsored actors “engaged in the unprecedented and indiscriminate exploitation of Microsoft Exchange servers, putting several thousand Canadian entities at risk,” the report says.

Ralph Goodale, Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, said in an interview that Canada already cooperates closely with the United Kingdom to combat cyberattacks, exchanging knowledge.

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He said there was evidence of state-sponsored interference in elections in the West, including in Canada, adding that Canada’s technical experts are working to combat “this threat to democracy.”

“Every democratic country in the world is aware that there are state and non-state actors with malicious intent,” Goodale said. “We have to be alert to that.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 13, 2022.

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