Yesterday, seven Russian spies were charged with hacking in the United States, after a multi-organization investigation found that they performed cyber attacks on sites linked to doping agencies and also chemical weapons.
Shortly after, the Canadian government came out alongside the US, saying that Canada has also been a victim of cyber attacks by Russia. The RCMP has been investigating those actions.
According to the RCMP's Cyber Crimes Unit head, who was present at the US announcement, there is still an investigation in Canada in regards to Russian cyber attacks, but he didn't give any further details.
Other officials have confirmed some of the targets of Russian hacks in Canada. Two of them were the World Anti-Doping Agency, based in Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, an anti-doping agency, which would have been used to steal information on Canadian athletes.
Another target of the hacks, which was more serious, was the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The OPCW is an international body, which Canada is a member of, aiming to eliminate chemical weapons in the world. They have been investigating Russia for their possible use of chemical attacks and involvement in the conflict in Syria. The OPCW is headquartered in the Netherlands, where the Dutch government has confirmed the attempted attack.
Four Russian spies were caught attempting to hack the OPCW, using various tech equipment to breach the organization's WiFi network. It's believed the motive for this attack was revenge on the OPCW since they are currently investigating Russia.
Now, Canada's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale has spoken out about the cyber attacks saying he is "very concerned." He also says that evidence proves Canada has been a victim of these hacks.
In a statement posted by CTV, Goodale said "Clearly there is evidence that very untoward behaviour by the Russians has been at play here, totally outside the norm of civilized behaviour among countries and we’re standing with our allies… to call out that illicit behaviour when we see it."
Following the hacks on Canada, over 250 athletes' private medical information was released online. This was also seen as a revenge hack after Russia was banned from the Olympics for doping.
It is unclear what the other repercussions are from the Russian cyber attacks against Canada. The RCMP's investigation into these actions is still ongoing.