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Canadians warned about cyber threats during parliamentary elections in autumn

The cyber attackers can use cyber tools on social networks to spread false or misleading information about Canada
09:51, 10 April 2019

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The Canadians will be vulnerable for foreign interference during the federal election this autumn as CBC reported citing Canada's electronic spy agency.

“Since the 2015 federal election, Canadian political leaders and the Canadian public have been targeted by foreign cyber interference activities,” the message said.

The details are presented in the new report “2019 update: cyber threats to Canada's democratic process”, which was published on April 8.

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The report says that more than one foreign foe used the cyber tools on the social networks to spread false or misleading information about Canada, which is “likely to polarize Canadians or undermine Canada's foreign policy goals”.

Another example given in the report, Communications Security Establishment of Canada, which is ordered to protect the share of the most precisions electronic information in the country and collect information about foreign signals, states that the foreign opponent manipulated information on the social networks to promote the views critical to the governmental legislation on the imposing of the sanctions and ban for traveling for foreign officials, accused of the violation of the human rights.

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Meanwhile, Foreign Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland stated that it is likely that the foreign attempts of the interference will take place during the upcoming parliamentarian elections in the country, which should take place in autumn 2019.

Earlier Canada was concerned about the presidential election in Ukraine to be transparent and provided $ 25 million to ensure security from external interference attempts.

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