Researchers with a cyber security firm say they have uncovered that a hacker used access to a Canadian Internet provider to hijack large foreign networks, stealing more than US$83,000 in virtual currency.The U.S.-based Dell SecureWorks says the hacker operated between February and May this year.It’s alleged the hacker targeted hosting firms with servers that generate Bitcoin — including Amazon in the U.S. and OVH in France — and redirected some activity.SecureWorks says the hacker likely worked alone and was in Canada, and could be a former or then-current employee of the ISP.The firm did not name the ISP, but says the “malicious activity” stopped after it handed the ISP its findings.SecureWorks says it did not go to the Canadian authorities, and it is not known if the ISP has identified the hacker.
MONTREAL – Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed.Freeland offered the blunt assessment before meeting members of Quebec’s forestry sector, who for nearly two months have been charged duties for shipping softwood south of the border.“Our positions are still quite far apart,” she said after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. “But I think that talking is always a good thing and that is something that we are doing very actively and energetically.”Her comments come after Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s softwood lumber envoy, said earlier this month that he was optimistic the trade dispute could be resolved before NAFTA renegotiations get underway in mid-August. He also warned, however, that the softwood standoff could last for years if an agreement isn’t reached prior to those NAFTA talks.There are “good grounds for reasonable parties” to strike a deal, Freeland said, pointing out the U.S. economy’s dependence on Canadian lumber because it can’t produce enough to satisfy its own needs.“We remain of the view that a negotiated settlement would be the best outcome for Canadians and Americans — very much including, by the way, middle-class Americans who want to buy a house or at summertime maybe they want to build their deck.”She said the federal government remains confident in its position that the duties on Canadian producers are punitive and without foundation.In late April, the U.S. set countervailing levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects.A decision on anti-dumping duties is set to be announced June 23 that could add another 10 per cent to those tariffs.On June 1, Ottawa announced a financial aid package worth $867 million for the lumber sector to weather the impact of the duties. But some fear that could embolden arguments from the U.S. lumber lobby that its counterparts in Canada are unfairly subsidized.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard vowed to continue fighting for the interests of his province’s forestry industry, no matter how long the trade battle lasts.“If they think they will tire us out and at some point we will throw in the towel, they’re mistaken,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version quoted federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland as saying Canada and the United States were “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood agreement. Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland delivers a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Freeland says Canada and the United States remain “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Canada and U.S. remain ‘quite far apart’ on softwood lumber, Freeland says by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email