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Classified info: Should information security be a higher government priority?

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A cyber attack discovered in January resulted in hackers getting secret information from government departments, CBC News has learned. (File)

First Sony PlayStation, then Gmail and now the Canadian government.

Hackers who attacked two of Canada's federal departments stole classified information before being discovered last January, CBC News has learned.

A document obtained under Access to Information laws is providing new details about a cyber attack on the federal government that occurred in April 2010.

"Indications are that data has been exfiltrated and that privileged accounts have been compromised," said a memo written Jan. 31, 2011.

This new information raises questions about government cybersecurity - an issue former auditor general Sheila Fraser first flagged in 2002, when she warned about "weaknesses in the system."

Did the government handle the security breach in the correct manner? Why or why not? Should information security be a higher government priority? Let us know in the comments below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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