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CRTC launches consultation to strengthen Canadians’ online safety

Ottawa-Today, the CRTC launched a consultation on its proposed framework to address botnets, harmful networks of malware-infected computers that are under the control of a malicious actor.

Botnets facilitate some of the most damaging cyber attacks, including ransomware and identity theft. These attacks cause significant harm to Canadians, businesses and organizations that provide critical services such as hospitals, schools and government bodies.

Measures to block botnet traffic could prevent attacks and help to protect Canadians. The Commission is seeking comments on the appropriateness and need for telecommunications service providers to adopt blocking techniques within their networks, including what safeguards would be necessary to ensure privacy, transparency and effectiveness.

The Commission has the authority and mandate to address malicious activity facilitated by botnets under the Telecommunications Act.

Canadians are invited to submit their comments by March 15, 2021 using only one of the following methods:

Filling out the online form
Writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2 or
Sending a fax to 819-994-0218.

“Malicious botnet attacks are a serious and recurring concern. Almost every week, we see another organization victimized by ransomware or hear of a fellow citizen lured in by a phishing scam. With the launch of this proceeding, we are aiming to better protect Canadian individuals, businesses and institutions against damaging botnet activity.’’ – Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO, CRTC

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