Sep 12, 2017
By Michael Kramer
There has been another high-profile hack.
This time, the target was news and entertainment website – Canoe.ca.
The company says databases containing the personal information of about one million users from 1996 to 2008 were breached – including names, email addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers.
Canoe says it learned of the intrusion on September 2nd – and it appears that no financial information was compromised.
Meanwhile – Canada’s Privacy Commissioner’s office says it has prioritized an examination into the massive Equifax data hack – to ensure that Canadians are protected against future risks.
Equifax said last Thursday a security breach occurred over the summer – resulting in the private information of up to 143 million people in the United States being compromised – along with certain Canadian and U.K. residents.
In a posting on the Canadian part of its website, Equifax says the data breach is “contained,” and the Canadian breach may have involved names, addresses and social insurance numbers.
Equifax says “only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected.”
It says a dedicated website and call centre set up last week won’t help Canadians – because it uses U.S. social security numbers, without offering an alternative.
The Privacy Commissioner suggested Canadians can call Equifax at 1-866-828-5961 (English service) or 1-877-323-2598 (French service).
Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.