By Vito Pilieci
The Ottawa Citizen
March 24, 2010
OTTAWA - Canada is woefully unprepared for a massive cyber-attack that
is within the capabilities of any run-of-the-mill hacker, and which
could cripple the business of the nation, warns a leading security
Dragos Ruiu, an Edmonton-based computer security consultant, says it's
time for the government to protect complex computer networks that can
now be hijacked with the simplest of tools.
"There has got to be a lot more thought and a lot more talk and a lot
more brains applied to the situation," said Ruiu. "The cyber-warfare
world is the only place a 17-year-old kid can take on a nation-state and
Ruiu, a key organizer of the CanSecWest Applied Security Conference that
opens in Vancouver today, said that when it comes to computer security,
even the popular pocket-sized smartphones are open to attack. He said
this year.s conference will play host to a hacking contest to see which
cellphone is the most secure.
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