Quebec has ordered the immediate shutdown of nearly 4,000 websites and government services that have been the target of the most dangerous security breaches in recent years.
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“A balance of inconveniences means it is best to shut down systems and make sure they are safe before they are made available,” Digital Transformation Minister Eric Khair told a news conference Sunday.
The government confirms that the closure of these sites was preventive and non-reactive, as no trace of the present attempt has been found.
On Sunday’s offline sites, Le Journal listed access to Revenu Québec and some services of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Retraite Québec portal, the Carnet santé Québec and the Espace Hydro-Québec customer.
A matter of days
Minister Cairo cited the question of days more than hours, not wanting all services to advance the date of resumption of their normal course.
One thing is for sure, a real monk job is waiting for government cyber defense teams.
In the absence of inventory, thousands of government agencies will have to verify “one” whether or not they are using a popular module affected by the problem.
It should be noted that some services are already back online because the target library has not been used or has already been fixed.
Detected last Thursday, the Log4Shell error allows hackers to seize a server with a single line of malicious code.
Hackers can easily seize personal or sensitive data.
Computer security experts contacted by The Journal believe that this is one of the most disturbing loopholes in recent memory due to the number of companies causing harm to the planet and the simplicity of the attack.
“The bug is very easy to reproduce. The person who starts doing Hacking He can do that in his basement at the age of 12, ”warns Patrick Mathews, co-founder of Hawkfest.
The Canadian Center for Cyber Security on Friday issued an alarm about the potential for a cyber attack on the virus.
As a preventative measure, the Canada Revenue Agency’s website was still unavailable early Sunday evening.
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