How do you spend $155M on ‘cyber security’? Shhh! It’s a secret.

Jesse Brown has a few questions for Vic Toews


Hey, did we ever find out who hacked our federal government last year? Was it the Chinese government? A Chinese company? Somebody else entirely, using Chinese proxies to cover their tracks?  Did we ever learn exactly what the hackers stole from the Treasury Board, the Department of Finance, Defence Research and Development, and the Parliamentary website? Did we ever find out why the hackers did it?

We did not.

The answer to these unsolved mysteries, it seems, is to give Vic Toews’ Public Safety Ministry $155 million dollars for “cyber security.”

What exactly does he mean by “cyber security?”

Is it just about keeping government systems secure, or does it extend to protecting Canadian companies, given the widely held belief that Chinese hacking led to Nortel’s downfall (and Huawei’s rise)?  Does funding “cyber security” just mean building protective measures, or will some of that money go toward developing offensive digital weaponry?  Who exactly are we securing ourselves from?

We don’t know. But  don’t worry — Vic does.

“I’m certainly aware of where threats come from,” says Toews.

That’s a relief.

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How do you spend $155M on ‘cyber security’? Shhh! It’s a secret.

  1. We should ignore 8 figure annual federal budget variation; ie) don’t attack politically. Want to route out corruption though. Not necessarily an RCMP investigation.

  2. Geez, that’s less than the annual cost of 40 gun registries! Are we spending enough?

  3. Vic? The guy who thought he could take Anonymous to court??

  4. I’m betting a good chunk goes to making sure that public court documents can’t be linked to on the internet.

  5. At the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute’s “3Ds Blog”, with further relevant links including one on the governments apparent confusion about Huawei and the “national security exemption”:

    “Government Ups Cyber Security Game a Bit, Mum on Threat Countries”


  6. cyber weaponry… I am in love.