Thousands of accounts of government services online hacked

Des milliers de comptes de services gouvernementaux en ligne piratés

TORONTO | tens of thousands of accounts of users of online government services have recently been hacked in cyber-attack, said on Saturday the canadian authorities.

The attacks have targeted the Gckey service, used by thirty federal departments, and of the accounts of the Canada revenue Agency, explained the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, in a news release.

The passwords and user names 9041 account holders CLéCG “have been acquired in a fraudulent manner and used to try to access government services,” said the authorities. All accounts affected have been cancelled.

Approximately 5500 accounts from the Canada revenue Agency have been targeted in this attack and in another, according to the authorities, adding that the access to these accounts has been suspended for “protect the information of taxpayers”.

By Saturday evening, it seemed impossible to connect to his folder on the website of the Canada revenue Agency. This on-line service was interrupted.

An investigation has been opened by the government and the federal police to “determine if there have been breaches of privacy, and if personal information has been obtained from these accounts,” explained the authorities.

     

Payments related to providing canadian emergency financial assistance put in place by the government because of the epidemic of COVID-19, have also been issued in their name without their having made the request.

The type of attack implemented, called “jam proof”, uses user names and passwords collected during previous hackings of accounts, taking advantage of the fact that many users use the same codes for multiple accounts, according to the authorities.

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