The office of Secretary to Governor General Mary Simon confirmed that her internal network had been hacked by unauthorized access.

In a statement Thursday, the bureau said it was working with experts and “pursuing further network improvements” as needed and that the nature and extent of the breach was still under investigation.

The Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security is involved in the investigation and the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General said it acted immediately to “strengthen its network”.

The center leads the Canadian government’s response to cybersecurity events and works to protect and defend valuable cyber assets in the country.

Although the center confirmed in a statement that it was working with the bureau in response to a recent cyber incident, it was unable to comment on specific details.

“While this investigation is ongoing, we can assure you that we are working closely with the OSGG to ensure that robust systems and tools are in place to monitor, detect and investigate potential threats, and to neutralize the threats when they occur,” the center said.

Like other governments and private sector organizations around the world, the Canadian government is subject to “continuing and persistent cyber threats”, the center said.

The center added that cyber threats can stem from system or application vulnerabilities, as well as “deliberate, persistent and targeted attacks by outside actors to gain access to information.”

The office said the personal information of “everyone who works and interacts with” is a priority.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has also been notified of the breach.

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Vito Pilieci, a spokesperson for the privacy commissioner, said in an email Thursday that he does not have jurisdiction over the governor general’s office because it is not subject to the Privacy Act. personal informations.

However, they “appreciate the opportunity to engage with the governor general’s office and offer whatever support and guidance they request,” Pilieci said.

Ian McCowan became Secretary to the Governor General in February 2021.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 2, 2021.

This story was produced with financial assistance from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

— With files from Jim Bronskill.