A report released Monday by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says Canadian voters will encounter some form of foreign cyber interference in the 2019 Federal Election.
However, the report indicates “at this time, it is improbable that this foreign cyber interference will be of the scale of Russian activity against the 2016 United States presidential election.” The reports authors judge it “very likely” that foreign cyber interference against Canada would resemble activity undertaken against other advanced democracies in recent years.
Since the CSE‘s 2017 report, they say political parties, candidates, and their staff have continued to be targeted worldwide by cyber threat activity – though to a lesser extent than voters. Cyber threat actors use cyber tools to target the websites, e-mail, social media accounts, and the networks and devices of political parties, candidates, and their staff.
Elections around the world have also continued to be targeted by cyber threat activity over the past years. However, as we noted in 2017, Canada’s federal elections are largely paper-based and Elections Canada has a number of legal, procedural, and information technology (IT) measures in place that provide very robust protections against attempts to covertly change the official vote count.