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Three Canadian ports hit by cyber attacks

13th April 2023

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 on Wednesday, but cargo continues to move at all three facilities. The ports’ websites have been taken out of commission. According to a report from CBC News, the external websites of the Port of Halifax were shut down by a denial-of-service attack. The port’s spokesperson Lane Farguson said, “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.” The websites of the Port of Montreal and Port of Quebec are also offline. Both ports report that operations are not affected and there has been no data breach.

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