P.E.I. government says computer network attacked six times in one year

Staff ~ The Guardian
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CHARLOTTETOWN — The Prince Edward Island government says its computer network was the victim of six attacks between October 2012 and June 2013.

The Finance Department says various attacks hit public websites, workstations, government email accounts and an unauthorized wireless device.

Finance Minister Wes Sheridan says the government was able to detect the attacks and no important information was released.

In one case involving a public website, a list of usernames and encrypted passwords were obtained but no personally identifiable information was released.

Another website compromise was found the next day because of the investigation into the first incident and no data was released.

There were two incidents of an unspecified number of compromised email accounts that sent spam email, while malware was involved in two other incidents.

Organizations: Finance Department

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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