Cy­ber­spy ser­vice eyes po­lit­i­cal blackmail

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

A se­nior of­fi­cial from the na­tional cy­ber­spy agency says the threat of po­lit­i­cal blackmail could fig­ure in a widerang­ing re­view of risks to Canada’s elec­toral sys­tem.

Scott Jones of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Se­cu­rity Es­tab­lish­ment says safe­guard­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on vot­ers lists and en­sur­ing elec­tion bal­lot tal­lies aren’t ma­nip­u­lated might also be part of the study.

Jones says the agency is think­ing in very broad terms about the risk as­sess­ment the gov­ern­ment has re­quested.

But he adds the agency is look­ing to fed­eral min­is­ters for di­rec­tion on how sweep­ing the ex­er­cise should be.

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment re­cently asked the CSE to an­a­lyze risks to Canada’s po­lit­i­cal and elec­toral ac­tiv­i­ties from hack­ers, as well as pro­vide cy­ber­se­cu­rity ad­vice to po­lit­i­cal par­ties and Elec­tions Canada.

The dis­clo­sure of stolen Demo­cratic Party emails, pub­lished by Wik­iLeaks, proved em­bar­rass­ing last year to U.S. pres­i­den­tial con­tender Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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