Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Data Breaches

Canada’s RCMP, Global Affairs Hit by Cyberattacks

Canadian authorities are actively investigating cyberattacks impacting the RCMP network and Global Affairs Canada.

Canadian authorities on Monday were scrambling to respond to cyberattacks targeting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Global Affairs Canada.

The attack on RCMP’s network was disclosed on Friday but, as of Monday, the RCMP was still “actively managing a cyber event,” an RCMP spokesperson told SecurityWeek.

The RCMP did not share details on the nature and extent of the attack, saying that it was working with partner Canadian government agencies “to continue assessing the breadth and scope of the security breach and hold those responsible accountable.”

According to the RCMP, the attack did not impact its operations, nor the safety and security of Canadians and RCMP partners. Over the weekend, however, RCMP’s website was briefly unavailable.

“While a breach of this magnitude is alarming, the quick work and mitigation strategies put in place demonstrates the significant steps the RCMP has taken to detect and prevent these types of threats,” RCMP said.

On Monday, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), which confirmed last week it was aware of the RCMP incident, announced that it was investigating a data breach resulting from a cyberattack on Global Affairs Canada’s internal network.

“The personal information of users, including employees, was compromised after unauthorized individuals accessed the department’s virtual private network (VPN),” OPC said.

According to the OPC, the investigation was launched after receiving multiple complaints about the incident.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“[The investigation] will examine the adequacy of the safeguards that are in place to protect personal information and assess compliance with the Privacy Act, which applies to federal departments and agencies,” OPC said.

It is unclear whether the RCMP and Global Affairs Canada incidents are related but more information is expected to become available as the investigations advance.

Related: 230k Individuals Impacted by Data Breach at Australian Telco Tangerine

Related: Prudential Financial Discloses Data Breach

Related: Bank of America Customer Data Stolen in Data Breach

Written By

Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.


Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Join the session as we discuss the challenges and best practices for cybersecurity leaders managing cloud identities.


SecurityWeek’s Ransomware Resilience and Recovery Summit helps businesses to plan, prepare, and recover from a ransomware incident.


People on the Move

Kim Larsen is new Chief Information Security Officer at Keepit

Professional services company Slalom has appointed Christopher Burger as its first CISO.

Allied Universal announced that Deanna Steele has joined the company as CIO for North America.

More People On The Move

Expert Insights

Related Content

Data Breaches

OpenAI has confirmed a ChatGPT data breach on the same day a security firm reported seeing the use of a component affected by an...


Zendesk is informing customers about a data breach that started with an SMS phishing campaign targeting the company’s employees.

Data Breaches

LastPass DevOp engineer's home computer hacked and implanted with keylogging malware as part of a sustained cyberattack that exfiltrated corporate data from the cloud...

CISO Strategy

Okta is blaming the recent hack of its support system on an employee who logged into a personal Google account on a company-managed laptop.

Data Breaches

Delta Dental of California says over 6.9 million individuals were impacted by a data breach caused by the MOVEit hack.

Data Breaches

Sony shares information on the impact of two recent unrelated hacker attacks carried out by known ransomware groups. 

Data Breaches

A group of hackers has leaked Atlassian employee records and floorplans, information that was obtained from third-party workplace platform Envoy.

Data Breaches

AT&T is notifying millions of wireless customers that their CPNI was compromised in a data breach at a third-party vendor.