A few hours ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office issued a brief statement that there had been an “attempt to access” highly classified federal information from offices of senior government executives. The attacks were targeted directly at the Canadian government’s Finance Department and Treasury Board.

Finance Canada HQ in the Esplanade Laurier building in downtown Ottawa.

Finance Canada HQ in the Esplanade Laurier building in downtown Ottawa.

So, who were these hackers?
They came in the night under the guise of Chinese servers… and you never use a proxy server to hack into official government servers in your own country… so it probably wasn’t China.

What did the hackers do when they accessed the servers?
They copied all the files they possibly could as quickly as they could. They are now making copies.

What files were they looking for?
Probably usernames and passwords of top officials and executives to unlock other goodies. Remember, we humans are all about the pursuit of more.

The compromised network consisted of roughly 2,000 government employees (or at least that’s how many people lost internet connection minutes after the security compromise was detected and the Canadian gov’s ethernet-snippers were drawn.

Government secrets are the most valuable thing in the world.

Just ask Wikileaker Julian Assange. He’s best friends with the Russian government now.

Julian Assange

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