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Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

Air Canada is advising customers to reset the passwords on their mobile app after the airline detected a potential network break-in. “We detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile App between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2018
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Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

One of Canada's largest utilities is planning to make blockchain companies bid for access to electricity. Hydro Quebec says it will set aside a 500MW block of power that will be reserved for companies that are "using cryptography as applied to blockchain technology." Access to that block will be subject to a bidding process …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2018
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A Spectre flaw solution, Cloudflare blips, a bank cyber-heist in Canada, and more in infosec land

Roundup While we were busy chasing SpamCannibals, jailing Yahoo hackers, and blaming North Korea for everything else, there was some interesting security news going on. Let's have a look at some of the stories that didn't quite make Reg headlines. Boffins float a (sort of) fix for Spectre bug A group of researchers from TU Dresden in …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2018
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'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

Canada's top auditor has issued a scathing postmortem report on Phoenix: the nation's disastrous attempt to overhaul a key government IT system. In its comprehensive dossier outlining the nine-year-long fiasco to replace the software that handled the country's payroll system for government workers, the Office of the Auditor …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2018
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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

Canadian law enforcement is bearing down on a pair of zoo owners whose wild trip to the local Dairy Queen wasn't quite the Kodiak moment they'd hoped for. Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, who own the the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, Alberta, have been charged under the Wildlife Act after they took a one-year-old bear to …
Rebecca Hill, 10 May 2018
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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

Cops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will not pursue charges against a 19-year-old fella who had dared to download a cache of public documents. In a brief statement issued Monday, police said that, following nearly a month of investigation, there were "no grounds to lay charges" in a case that had drawn harsh criticism from …
Shaun Nichols, 7 May 2018
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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

Comment There's a curious legal situation developing in Nova Scotia, Canada, right now. A teenager is suspected of breaking the nation's hacking laws by downloading PDFs containing personal information from a public government website after officials failed to redact the documents. The 19-year-old was arrested after more than a dozen …
Chris Williams, 18 Apr 2018
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Air Canada's network soars back up after Monday morning death dive

The famed politeness of Canadians was put to the test on Monday after the nation's largest airline suffered a massive computer outage, leaving travelers stranded. The outage occurred during the Monday morning rush hour and left staff unable to check-in passengers or their luggage, and communications with the airline's call …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2018
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Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

Canada is about ready to pull the plug on its IBM-built error-plagued Phoenix payroll system that has cost the nation nearly CAN$1bn ($790m). According to the latest version of the Canadian government's spending plans, the Trudeau administration will move to dump the ailing platform in the coming years, but not before blowing …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2018
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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

A former IT administrator at the Canadian Pacific Railway has been jailed for 366 days for sabotaging the organization's computer network. Christopher Victor Grupe, 46, had a rocky relationship with his employers: in December 2015, he was suspended for 12 days for insubordination and just not making the grade as a sysadmin. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2018
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Canada charges chap alleged to run stolen data-mart Leakedsource

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced it has cuffed and charged a man for selling stolen identities and passwords at LeakedSource.com. The site listed more than three billion records – some including passwords - that had been stolen in various data breaches and let users buy that data. It also offered advice on new …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

Canada's privacy commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the massive data breach concealed by the ride-hailing app company Uber. Last month, Uber's new CEO revealed that a year previously the details of 57 million customer and driver accounts had been stolen, but the company had decided not to divulge the breach …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2017
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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

Canadian airport Goose Bay has closed due to a “sticky runway”. Don't laugh: this is serious, for two reasons. Airport staff noticed the stickiness on the wheels of their vehicles and quickly surmised it was sealant applied during recent runway maintenance. Sealant is used to fill gaps between slabs of concrete, to fix cracks …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017

Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

No, funnily enough, US tech monster Google doesn't have to obey a Canadian court order in America, a judge in the ad giant's home turf of California ruled this week. Google had asked a US federal district court in San Jose for an injunction banning Canadian router-maker Equustek from enforcing, in the United States at least, a …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Nov 2017
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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

A man has been fined by police after being caught singing the 1990s dance anthem "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" while behind the wheel of his car. Taoufik Moalla, of St-Laurent, Montreal, Canada, was singing C+C Music Factory's best-known hit while rolling along in the Francophone city's St Croix suburb. After …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017

Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs venture has chosen Toronto as its urban laboratory – one in which humans may ultimately be optional. Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff has fantasised how convenient a city would be without people. Google won't take over the entire city – at least not just yet. It's opted to redevelop 12 acres of the the city …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017
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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. Minister Marc Garneau hasn't revealed the model of the drone, but we do know that it hit a plane operated by …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

Canada is preparing to remove drunk canoeing as an impaired driving offence, ahead of its plans to legalize marijuana. Currently the country's Criminal Code means that police hand out drunk driving charges to tipsy canoeists, according to The National Post. At the moment offenders can continue to canoe, as that does not …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2017

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