Charges laid against two Montreal brothers related to high-profile cyberattacks

Montreal (September 10, 2020) – The RCMP charged two Montreal men, Jacob Costanzo-Peterson and Félix Costanzo-Peterson, for conducting high-profile cyberattacks against Canadian Tire Corporation, BMO, and Simplii Financial in 2017 and 2018. In August 2018, the two...

Cambridge woman arrested for alleged online puppy scam

Cambridge (September 9, 2020) – The Waterloo police arrested a Cambridge woman and charged her with several fraud-related offenses in connection with an alleged online puppy scam. She is accused of defrauding ten victims, who were responding to fake online...

Credential stuffing attacks paralyze government online services

August 21, 2020 – The public online services of the government of Canada were recently under a series of cyberattacks. So-called credential stuffing attacks mounted on the GCKey service and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) accounts to fraudulently obtain government...

713 reports of identity fraud involving CERB

August 14, 2020 – Since spring, scammers have been using Canadian’s personal data to defraud the emergency programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) set up by the government to quickly provide money to people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19...

Cryptocurrency exchange flagged as offshore investment scam

Winnipeg (July 24, 2020) – The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) issued an investor alert against the cryptocurrency exchange CrypTrade24. The bitcoin firm, which offers investment plans in cryptocurrency trading, claims to have its headquarter in Churchill,...

Russian hacker group attacked organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development

Ottawa (July 17, 2020) – The Canadian Communication Security Establishment (CSE) and its international counterparts said that the Russian hacker group, APT29, aka ‘Cozy Bear’ or ‘the Dukes’, targeted health organizations and vaccine research entities in Canada, the...

Halifax RCMP warn against ransomware scams

Halifax (June 17, 2020) – The Halifax District RCMP issued a warning against ransomware scams targeting businesses. A local company reported that its network had been hacked with ransomware. The hackers demanded $270,000. Any business or individual could be a target...

CPA hit by cyberattack resulting in data breach

Toronto (June 5, 2020) – Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA) fell victim to a cyberattack. Their website was targeted and the personal information of more than 329,000 subscribers of CPA Magazine was breached including names, addresses, emails, and...

Stoney Creek man arrested for online dating fraud

Toronto (June 4, 2020) – Toronto police arrested Raymond Coles of Stoney Creek for an online dating fraud on June 2. He is accused of defrauding a woman after they met on a dating website, where he allegedly portrayed himself as a police officer, in January 2018....

COVID-19 scams exploiting government funding programs such as CERB

May 22, 2020 – Many Canadians are experiencing financial hardship as a consequence of the current pandemic. The Canadian government launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help out Canadians throughout the Coronavirus crisis with a multi-billion...

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