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Report: Canada vulnerable to cyberattack

TORONTO, May 18 (UPI) -- Canadian government, college and industry computers are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, federal authorities said.

Cyberattacks via social networking sites have grown "substantially" in Canada, said a censored report from Canada's Security Intelligence Service.

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The Canadian government needs to act now or risk being targeted by computer hackers who use social networking services to steal government, academic and corporate information, said the report obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

The threat of cyberattacks is "one of the fastest growing and most complicated issues," the report said. "In addition to being virtually unattributable, these remotely operated attacks offer a productive, secure and low-risk means to conduct espionage."

Officials from the intelligence service and Public Safety Canada declined to comment on the report.

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