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Metrolinx thwarts cyber attack by North Korean hackers

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A must read story from toronto.ctvnews.ca covers an interesting news, that the Ontario government and Metrolinx have blocked cyberattacks from North Korean hackers. The anti-hacking team at a shipping company in Shanghai discovered the malware last week, but after tracing the source they found a surprising answer. According to sources, the team was able to identify the attacks that took place in North Korea and to pass a service in Russia before being sent to Toronto and Metrolinx.

Anne Marie Aikins, a spokesman for Metrolinx, told CTV News Toronto in an attempt to crack “no personal customer information is compromised.”

She said: “It does not infiltrate any of our systems for protecting trains and buses.” There is no compromise on safety. ”

Metrolinx, a government agency in Ontario, hires what they call “ethical hacking,” whose sole responsibility is to determine the weaknesses of government firewalls.

“Their idea is to think like a hacker and target your organization. (They’ll) Sift through social media to find out what you like, what you know, who you know, and then in an organization or a company area Sporadic, or sometimes personal, wants to be pursued. Roy Boisvert, former deputy director of CSIS intelligence, turned to Ontario security consultant and told CTV News Toronto.

Boisvert said North Korea, Russia and China have been searching for digital secrets in countries like Canada. His team’s network protection grid blocks up to 40 billion security incidents each month.

“Do I have any questions that I think North Korea or other countries are interested in this area? I have some doubts,” he said.

The source also told CTV News Toronto believes that North Korea’s malware is one of the nation’s “global enablers” and as much as possible collects information to expand its network and economic partners.

Earlier, U.S. officials linked North Korea to the WannaCry ransomware software that infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in May.

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The Ontario government and Metrolinx have thwarted a cyberattack by North Korean hackers, CTV News Toronto has learned. A team of counter-hackers at the provincial transit agency was able to detect the malware last week before any damage was done but, after tracing the source, they found an unsettling answer. According to a source, the team was able to determine that the attack originated in North Korea and was routed through a service in Russia before being sent to Toronto and Metrolinx. Anne Marie Aikins, the spokesperson for Metrolinx, told CTV News Toronto that “no private customer information was compromised” as a result of the attempted hack. “It did not infiltrate any of our systems that protect trains and buses,” she said. “Safety was not compromised.” Metrolinx, which is an agency of the Ontario government, employs what they call “ethical hackers” whose sole job is to identify weaknesses in government firewalls. Engaging post, Read More…

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