EXPERT ADVISORY: Expert available to discuss cyberattack on Canadian government websites

HAMILTON, June 17, 2015: Ken Owen, an expert in cyber security, is available to discuss today's denial-of-service attacks on federal government websites.

"This attack certainly highlights our underlying dependency on the Internet and what can go wrong," says Owen, a PhD candidate at McMaster's DeGroote School of Business. "The form of attack is not groundbreaking, is not dangerous to data, and could even be considered babyish in terms of threats."

"This attack is in contrast to the bloody nose the US got last week when data was stolen in a separate cyber attack."

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