Canadian companies at risk from Russia cyberattacks in retaliation from sanctions


Published February 25, 2022 at 2:47 pm

TORONTO — A cybersecurity expert says Canadian businesses are at risk of being targeted for online attacks if Russia chooses to retaliate against government sanctions.

Karim Hijazi, founder and CEO of Texas-based cyberintelligence firm Prevailion, says that Canadian companies could be victims of bad actors trying to compromise critical infrastructure and government entities.

He says this could be the likely approach because government, critical infrastructure and the private sector are so intertwined and subject to easy access. 

Hijazi also says that damaging malware Russia would activate is already in Canada.

A spokesperson from the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said in an email that the federal government agency is watching for cyberthreats directed at financial, energy and telecommunications sectors. 

The CSE encourages all of Canada’s critical infrastructure sectors to monitor increased cyberthreat activity. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2022.

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