Toronto: The authorities said on Saturday that tens of thousands of Canadian online government service user accounts were hacked during the recent cyber attack.
The Canadian Treasury Secretariat explained in a press release that the attacks targeted the GCKey service used by approximately 30 federal departments and Canada Revenue Agency accounts.
The authorities said, “The passwords and usernames of 9,041 GCKey account holders were obtained through fraudulent means and used to try to access government services.”
All affected accounts have been cancelled.
The authorities said that approximately 5,500 Canada Revenue Agency accounts were the target of this attack and another, adding that access to these accounts has been suspended to protect taxpayer information.
Authorities said the government and federal police launched an investigation to determine whether there were any violations of privacy and whether they obtained information from these accounts.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), since the beginning of August, many Canadians have reported that bank information related to Canada Revenue Agency accounts has been changed.
The government’s economic assistance package for the COVID-19 epidemic-Canadian Emergency Benefit (Canadian Emergency Benefit), has also been issued in their name without their request.