Canadian public service, police and military members' data exposed in data breach
The Canadian government has issued an alert to past and present public servants, including RCMP and military personnel, regarding a potential compromise of their sensitive data due to a security incident on October 19.
The breach involves data managed by Brookfield Global Relocation Services (BGRS) and SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving Services, both of which offer relocation services to government employees. The exposed data could encompass personal and financial details supplied to these firms dating back to 1999.
The full extent of the breach and the individuals affected are still being determined.
The government has pledged to provide credit monitoring and passport services renewal for those whose information may have been jeopardized over the past 24 years. The incident has been escalated to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, the Privacy Commissioner's Office, and the RCMP.
In response to the breach, the government is collaborating closely with the two companies involved to manage the situation. The government has also recommended that those potentially impacted should update their passwords, activate multi-factor authentication for online transactions, and stay vigilant by monitoring their online accounts for any signs of unauthorized activities.