Cyberattack breached system holding personal data: privacy watchdog

Hackers who targeted Canada’s National Research Council infiltrated a system containing personal information, the federal privacy czar says.The privacy commissioner’s office said Thursday it was first informed of the breach on July 23 and further briefed on Monday — at which point the exposure of personal data was confirmed.

The attack appears to be a serious security issue, but the full extent of the impact has yet to be determined, said Tobi Cohen, a spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office.

“We are following developments very closely due to the potential implication for personal information,” Cohen said.

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