Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Canada following his visit to the U.S. and the United Nations. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and its Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) are once again urging the Canadian cyber security community – especially the operators of government and critical infrastructure web sites – to adopt a heightened state of vigilance, and to bolster their awareness of and protection against malicious cyber threats. As previously noted, we have observed that it’s not uncommon to see increased distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns against NATO countries that support Ukraine, or host visits from Ukrainian government officials.
The Cyber Centre strongly recommends Canadian organizations take note of the following information:
- Cyber Centre statement on a distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign targeting multiple Canadian sectors
- Alert - Distributed Denial of Service campaign targeting multiple Canadian sectors
CSE and its Canadian Centre for Cyber Security continue to work closely with our cyber defence colleagues at the Treasury Board Secretariat – Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Shared Services Canada and other Government of Canada departments and agencies to ensure there are systems and tools in place to monitor, detect, and investigate potential threats, and to neutralize threats when they occur.
The Government of Canada, like every other government and private sector organization in the world, is subject to ongoing and persistent cyberthreats.
CSE works every day to defend government systems from threats. On any given day, CSE’s defensive systems can block upwards of 6 billion events targeting GC networks. These defensive actions are a result of CSE’s existing dynamic cyber defence capabilities which remain ready to defend Government of Canada systems and help protect against future attacks.