Rideau Hall confirms that there has been a “break” of the internal networks in the office that support the work of the Governor-General – but the potential effect is so far unclear.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, the office of the Governor – General’s Secretary said there had been “an unauthorized access to its internal network.”
“OSGG is working with the Canadian Center for Cyber Security on the investigation and took immediate steps to strengthen its network,” the office said in the statement.
“While the nature and extent of the breach is still under investigation, OSGG is continuing its work with experts and pursuing further network improvements as needed. In addition, OSGG has been in communication with the Office of Privacy Commissioner in response to this incident.”
Whether the breach involved ransomware is unclear, as is the question of when it occurred, how many people could be affected, and what kind of information was accessed.
Security personnel did not respond to questions about the incident.
A spokesman for the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Center for Cyber Security pointed to a statement issued in line with that of Rideau Hall, noting: “This is all we are allowed to say about this incident.”
This statement from the center confirmed that the incident was “recent”, but gave no further details.
More on the way.
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