Privacy & Security

After an increasing number of Canadians and businesses moved online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, three-quarters of the population feels it’s important to have a secure and privacy-enhancing digital ID to safely make transactions online.  Moreover, a survey from Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) has revealed that the majority of Canadians believe it […]

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Coffee Briefings are timely deliveries of the latest ITWC headlines, interviews, and podcasts. Today’s Coffee Briefing is delivered by IT World Canada reporter Pragya Sehgal, with files from the rest of the editorial team! Missed last week’s Coffee Briefing? We’ve got you covered. What’s new this week All you need to know about the new […]

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Today’s episode reports on hackers looking to exploit the OMIGOD vulnerability, a list of ransomware exploits being used by attackers and AT&T scammer sent to prison

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 20, 2021 – Patch for OMIGOD vulnerability, a list of ransomware exploits and prison for AT&T scammer first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This episode reports on Microsoft extending passwordless access for home users, a report on open source code vulnerabilities and how a company was hit by a years-long attack

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Report offers more evidence that failure to implement basic cybersecurity measures often leads to being compromised

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Today’s podcast reports on the discovery of an unprotected database of fitness app information, an attack at Olympus and  important security patches released

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 15, 2021 – Huge database of fitness app information found unprotected, attack on Olympus and security patches released first appeared on IT World Canada.

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For nearly two years, much of the world has been living online – conducting business, holding meetings, educating and being educated, and retaining some semblance of a normal social life. Businesses have been particularly hard pressed to not only keep clients happy and feeling appreciated but also ensure employees have everything they need to perform […]

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Coffee Briefings are timely deliveries of the latest ITWC headlines, interviews, and podcasts. Today’s Coffee Briefing is delivered by IT World Canada reporter Pragya Sehgal, with files from the rest of the editorial team! Missed last week’s Coffee Briefing? We’ve got you covered. What’s new this week Ransomware remained the standout threat in America as […]

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Today’s podcast reports on the return of the REvil ransomware gang,  the discovery of a new botnet launching huge DDoS attacks and an increase in Formbook malware

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 13, 2021 – The REvil ransomware gang is back, a new botnet is discovered and Formbook malware rises first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This episode reports on two warnings to Windows administrators,  malware and why CISOs should tighten cloud security

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 10, 2021 – Microsoft issues Windows warning, Windows log used to hide malware and why you should tighten cloud security first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on the kind of companies ransomware gangs are targeting, another reminder to patch Confluence servers and patches available for Netgear hardware and NPM software

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 8, 2021 – Ransomware gang targets, Confluence servers under attack and a warning to Firebase developers first appeared on IT World Canada.

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A new criminal hacking group has appeared, claiming to have stolen data from firms in a number of countries including Canada and the U.S. CoomingProject alleges its Canadian victims are a horse-breeding association and a women’s fashionware business. The U.S. site appears to be a work in progress for reading Japanese Manga graphic comics. IT […]

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This episode reports on Accenture’s continued denial that a recent cyber attack relates to incidents at customers, a list of the latest U.S.  healthcare institutions hacked and vulnerabilities found in Bluetooth stack

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 3, 2021 – Accenture stiffens, healthcare institutions hacked and watch for Bluetooth patches first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on Women in Cyber Day, a weekend cyberattack warning, a list of the worst IT practices and why you should beware of proxyware

The post Cyber Security Today, Sept. 1, 2021 – Women in Cyber Day, weekend cyber attack warning, worst IT practices and beware of proxyware first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Coffee Briefings are timely deliveries of the latest ITWC headlines, interviews, and podcasts. Today’s Coffee Briefing is delivered by IT World Canada reporter Pragya Sehgal, with files from the rest of the editorial team! Missed last week’s Coffee Briefing? We’ve got you covered. What’s new this week Global logistics platform firm announces expansion in Canada […]

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Montreal-based web hosting provider Web Hosting Canada (WHC) has revealed the cause of this weekend’s major outage. In a blog post, founder and chief executive officer Emil Falcon said that the issue was caused by unauthorized activity by a third-party service provider. “Based on our investigation to date, the morning of August 28 at approximately […]

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Montreal-based service provider Web Hosting Canada has still not explained the cause of a major incident Saturday that took customers on eleven of its servers offline, with the loss of data on five of the machines. Only two of the servers have so far returned to service. As of Monday morning the company was not […]

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Today’s podcast reports on how a new ransomware strain tries to evade detection, a ransomware gang closes, a warning for Azure Cosmos administrators and more 

The post Cyber Security Today, Aug. 30, 2021 – A new ransomware strain with a trick, a warning for Azure Cosmos administrators and more on the T-Mobile hack first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This morning’s podcast looks at the latest COVID-19 phishing scam and a report on the importance of patching SSL VPNs

The post Cyber Security Today, Aug. 27, 2021 – Alleged T-Mobile hacker comes forward, a COVID-19 vaccination form scam, and more first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This podcast reports on 38 million records with personal information left exposed by misconfigured Microsoft Power Apps, vulnerabilities  found in a medical pump, and a warning on device installation apps

The post Cyber Security Today, Aug. 25, 2021 – A warning to users of Microsoft Power Apps, vulnerabilities in a medical pump, and more first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This podcast reports on why Canada is urged to fight misinformation on private messaging apps, how Zix is used in a scam and more

The post Cyber Security Today, May 12, 2021 – Hate on messaging apps, Zix used in scams and QR code warning first appeared on IT World Canada.

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The attack on US fuel carrier Colonial Pipeline should be a ‘”major canary in the coal mine to Canadians,” says Queen’s University professor. Read why

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The remote workforce will continue post-pandemic and organizations want better tools to secure their dispersed workforce.

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Today’s podcast Deadline looms for Women In Cyber Day petition, data theft from insurance quote websites and advice from Canada’s top cyber agency

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This podcast reports on a series of hacks at restaurant online ordering platforms, Google forces users to add two-factor login authentication and a fake online product review scam revealed

The post Cyber Security Today, May 7, 2021 – Security of restaurant online ordering platforms questioned, Google gets tough with 2FA and product review scam revealed first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced the launch of the new Cyber Security Innovation Network program with an investment of $80 million over four years in a May 6 news release.

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Today’s podcast reports on creating safer passwords, why your car’s infotainment system may be a privacy risk, the discovery of a new hacking group, and security updates from Exim, Dell and Apple

The post Cyber Security Today, May 5, 2021 – World Password Day advice, your car’s infotainment system may be a privacy risk, plus vendor security updates first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on a ransomware gang’s change of tactics, customer information of a Canadian insurance broker leaked by a ransomware gang and employees bypass company privacy rules putting health information of thousands at risk

The post Cyber Security Today, May 3, 2021 – Ransomware gang reportedly drops encryption; Saskatchewan insurance broker hit by ransomware; Employees put COVID data at risk first appeared on IT World Canada.

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One of the country’s foremost ski resorts is struggling to dig itself out from a ransomware attack. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), just over an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, suffered what it calls a cybersecurity event on Thursday. As a result, non-essential town services have been suspended because email, phone, network services and […]

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The City of Toronto says it suffered a “potential cyber breach” from a hack of data in its Accellion FTA file transfer server in January that may have involved the health information of individuals.

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With files from Alex Coop   As the province overhauls its data infrastructure, Ontario is putting the call out to public organizations and businesses to help it create a new provincial data authority. Ontario is putting extra focus on ensuring that information collected is “private, secure, anonymous and cannot identify people individually,” according to Finance […]

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This episode warns a new Linux backdoor has been discovered, reports how video game execs might not have good password security and urges QNAP users, again, to patch their devices

The post Cyber Security Today, April 30, 2021 – A Linux alert, negligent executives and another warning to QNAP users first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Settlement will cost BMO up to $21 million and CIBC $1.7 million in class action lawsuit In addition they paid millions to cover money stolen from accounts and other compensation

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Today’s podcast describes how you can see if your email address has been stolen, warns users of the Reverb marketplace to change their passwords, and details the latest scams

The post Cyber Security Today, April 28, 2021 – Millions of stolen Emotet email addresses can now be searched, user data of Reverb exposed, and more phishing and text scams first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on the end of the Emotet botnet and the rise of a replacement

The post Cyber Security Today, April 26, 2021 – Emotet wiped from servers, Passwordstate password manager compromised and be careful with Apple AirDrop file sharing first appeared on IT World Canada.

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More companies may have been victimized by the SolarWinds Orion compromise than first thought, coming UK law will tighten consumer internet device security, how hackers abuse Telegram and a warning to QNAP storage users

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If you think ransomware is a problem now, brace yourself. It’s going to get a lot worse. The number and severity of ransomware attacks are about to be turbocharged, said David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security for Darktrace at a recent ITWC briefing. Ransomware is becoming increasingly sophisticated, Masson said. “But once the bad guys […]

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IT leaders say the challenges of the job keep growing. They’re faced with more demands to provide service anywhere and on any device.  Plus, everyone wants it delivered faster. It’s not easy to deal with all of the competing interests, said a CIO from the finance sector at a CanadianCIO virtual roundtable. One way to […]

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This morning’s podcast reports on two studies of cyber threat trends, and a warning about targeted attacks on the defence sector
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A vicious cycle of events is leading to more attacks against the public sector, according to BlackBerry’s 2021 Threat Report, and Canada is in a great position to be blindsided by cyberattacks against its critical infrastructure.

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U.S. supermarket chain says pharmacy records hacked, a slip-up at a Winnipeg school board and the impact of ransomware, plus more in our latest podcast
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Man allegedly organized teams of people in Canada and the US to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations as well as a North Korean heist from a bank in Malta

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This podcast looks at a  proposed law by a Canadian Senator to prevent teens from accessing online porn, an FBI warning to home buyers and a look inside a cryptojacking scheme
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