Canada, allies prepared to ‘impose costs’ on cyberattackers, advisers tell Trudeau

Canada will work with allies to strike back at foreign cyberattackers and “impose costs” that make them understand the price of their wrongdoing, advisers have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Malicious state-sponsored cyber acts affect national security and economic prosperity interests,” says a newly released briefing note to Trudeau on the dangers to Canada from the online realm.

“Addressing these threats requires both better security at home and co-ordinated international actions.”

The note, obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act, was included in materials to help prepare Trudeau for his second mandate following the Liberal victory in the October election.

Several passages deemed too sensitive to disclose were blacked out of the document.

The briefing note underscores the evolving threat to Canada on a new and often shadowy virtual battlefield.

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