By JASON MAGDER
December 1, 2010
Experts warn the Canadian government and Canadian companies are
vulnerable to data loss, on the same scale as the WikiLeaks scandal that
has rocked the United States government.
This week, the WikiLeaks website released thousands of documents of
secret data gleaned from the computers of U.S. embassies around the
world. In reaction, the U.S. government has said it will improve its
information security systems, including adding a system to track who
gets access to sensitive data, and what they do with it.
Information security experts warn, however, that Canadian corporations
and several government departments are not properly ensuring sensitive
data aren't stolen or lost. This is especially problematic because
attacks by hackers are on the increase and are becoming more
The experts warn that countries and terrorist organizations are
increasingly relying on hacker techniques to wage war on their enemies.
An example of this came in a WikiLeaks report that the U.S. government
believes the Chinese government hacked Google servers with the intention
to sabotage the search giant, which had said it would not bow to Chinese
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