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Cyber war tops Public Safety agenda

Cyber war tops Public Safety agenda
Cyber war tops Public Safety agenda 

Winnipeg Sun
17th March 2009

Canada is facing a growing threat of cyber attacks from hostile 
governments and criminals that could cripple critical infrastructure and 
financial systems, says Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan.

In an interview from Washington, Van Loan said cyberspace and border 
security will top the agenda for high-level meetings with his American 

Potential infiltration and attacks plotted and executed over the 
Internet have emerged as a major security threat of common interest to 
Canada, the U.S. and other Western countries, he said.

"It's kind of like the new arms race, because what you do on security 
and what the other guys do trying to breach security is a constant 
escalation," he said.

Pointing to past cyber attacks in Georgia and Estonia that ground 
government to a halt, Van Loan said threats could come from foreign 
governments, profit-driven criminals or menacing youth getting a kick 
out of causing havoc. He declined to comment on specific attempts to 
target Canada.

"I think it's fair to say just about every day somewhere someone's 
trying to breach some of our security systems in our computers," he 


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