A former Canadian diplomat, specializing in Chinese crime and intelligence, Bryan Adams has dictated that a cyber attack was directed at a major Canadian energy company and it is “extremely serious.” Adams stated that “Canadians just don’t want to take this seriously.” He explained that “in essence, it’s an electronic war that’s going on. And this company is bringing to our attention that China could shut down the energy resources of any country in the world with this sort of thing going on.”
The Canadian energy company, Telvent Canada, has confirmed that the cyber attack was originated as it gave an official statement to QMI Agency on Thursday. Explicit details of the attack were not revealed. The spokesperson of Schneider Electric, the parent company of Telvent Canada, stated that “Telvent is aware of a security breach of its corporate network that has affected some customer files.” It was also confirmed that the “customers have been informed and are taking recommended actions, with the support of Telvent teams. Telvent is actively working with law enforcement, security specialists and its affected customers to ensure the breach has been contained.”
The technology lead by Telvent Canada has helped administer almost 60% of all oil and gas pipelines in North America and Latin America. Analysts claim that energy sector is not the only target, but previously in early 2011, foreign hackers have also embattled the Treasury Board and Finance Canada in search of financial data. It has been reported that Canada’s spy agency is now aware that federal government is now targeted by “serious attempts to penetrate its networks on a daily basis.”
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