Canadian ports targeted by cyber-attack

The Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia and the ports of Montreal and Quebec in the province of Quebec were hit by a cyber-attack this week, according to reports.

Despite the attempts, maritime trade is unaffected and cargo continues to move at all three facilities. However, the ports’ websites were temporarily taken down.

According to a report from CBC News, the external websites of the Port of Halifax were shut down by a denial-of-service attack. 

A spokesman for the port commented: “What’s important is that our internal systems continue to operate normally and port operations have not been affected by this. Traffic continues to move through the Port of Halifax.” Internal data has not been compromised, he added.

The websites of the Port of Montreal and Port of Quebec were also offline. Both ports also reported that operations are not affected and there has been no data breach.

The attacks come in the same week that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed that Canadian energy infrastructure did not suffer any physical damage from a cyberattack that was mentioned in leaked U.S. intelligence documents.

A pro-Russian hacking group may have targeted Canada’s energy infrastructure in February, the New York Times has reported citing the leaked Pentagon documents.

“In regards to the reports of cyber-attacks against Canadian energy infrastructure, I can confirm that there was no physical damage to any Canadian energy infrastructure following cyber-attacks,” Trudeau told reporters in Toronto, in response to a question about the leaked intelligence.