Category Archives: Cytelligence in the Media

ROB MAGAZINE: You’ve been hacked

Jason McBride Posted on: July 1, 2017 Here’s a crash course in the mysterious, frightening, sometimes arcane, but absolutely vital world of penetration testing. Cyberattacks cost Canadian companies billions of dollars each year in cleanup costs. So why aren’t more of them trying to prevent breaches in the first place? Here’s a crash course in … Continue reading ROB MAGAZINE: You’ve been hacked

BNN – Canadians’ info from Equifax breach already being sold on Dark Web

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: September 20, 2017 Cytelligence CEO Daniel Tobok spoke with BNN on September 20, 2017, about the Equifax breach. The personal information harvested from the Equifax breach, on some 100,000 Canadians, is already being sold on the Dark Web, reports Tobok. Canadians who are affected by the data breach had … Continue reading BNN – Canadians’ info from Equifax breach already being sold on Dark Web

Capital One Breach: Q&A with Cytelligence CEO Daniel Tobok

In one of the biggest data breaches ever, a hacker gained access to more than 100 million Capital One customers’ accounts and credit card applications earlier this year. Paige Thompson is accused of breaking into a Capital One server and gaining access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 … Continue reading Capital One Breach: Q&A with Cytelligence CEO Daniel Tobok

CTV NEWS – Huawei and 5G: Experts clash on the risk to Canada’s national security

Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press Posted on: December 13, 2018 OTTAWA -- Allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to help build Canada's 5G wireless networks could give Beijing backdoor access to revealing data about Canadians, security analysts warn. But at least one intelligence expert is skeptical the Chinese government would risk the international reputation of … Continue reading CTV NEWS – Huawei and 5G: Experts clash on the risk to Canada’s national security

THE GLOBE AND MAIL – E-mail the softest entry point for cyberscammers

Guy Dixon Posted on: May 12, 2017 CEO of Cytelligence Inc., Daniel Tobok, is quoted in a Globe and Mail article written by Guy Dixon about why email is the softest point of entry for scammers who want to infiltrate small businesses. Guy Dixon of The Globe and Mail writes: That message from an Eastern … Continue reading THE GLOBE AND MAIL – E-mail the softest entry point for cyberscammers

CBC NEWS: Tobok on “Power and Politics,” with Rosemary Barton

Rosemary Barton Posted on: April 4, 2017 Cyber security expert Daniel Tobok was interviewed by the CBC's Rosemary Barton on April 4, 2017, about who is tracking mobile phones in the Ottawa region. The Canadian government has opened an investigation into the matter. Who's potentially tracking Canadians' cell phones in the capital region? Daniel Tobok … Continue reading CBC NEWS: Tobok on “Power and Politics,” with Rosemary Barton

Sharing details of mass killings on social media, online gaming sites ‘an emerging trend’: experts

Cytelligence CEO Daniel Tobok speaks with Global News Toronto about how social media and online gaming are becoming an emerging trend for people to communicate their messages and discuss heinous activities. Although Tobok doesn’t believe the online video game chat groups are enablers for accused mass killers, he does believe we create better regulation to … Continue reading Sharing details of mass killings on social media, online gaming sites ‘an emerging trend’: experts

NARCITY – This Russian Website Is Streaming Hundreds Of Cameras In Canada Right Now

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: August 3, 2018 Last year, multiple news outlets reported on a disturbing website that provided access to live streams of unsecure cameras in Canada and several other places around the world. While some sources claimed that the website was shut down in 2014, a quick online search reveals it is … Continue reading NARCITY – This Russian Website Is Streaming Hundreds Of Cameras In Canada Right Now

GLOBAL NEWS: How the WannaCry ransomware attack spread around the world

Andrew Russell Posted on: May 15, 2017 On Friday morning, somewhere in Europe, an unwitting user opened an email attachment or clicked a link allowing the ransomware “WannaCry” to infect their computer. The virus spread rapidly, infecting 200,000 systems in more than 150 countries around the world. Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica was the among the first large … Continue reading GLOBAL NEWS: How the WannaCry ransomware attack spread around the world

CBC NEWS: Wikileaks CIA documents raise hacking fears — should we worry about our devices?

Pete Evans Posted on: March 11, 2017 Explosive allegations this week out of Wikileaks that U.S. intelligence agencies are surreptitiously spying on us using our devices has prompted many consumers to worry if their data privacy is at risk. In a data dump of more than 8,000 documents purportedly coming from inside the CIA, Wikileaks alleges … Continue reading CBC NEWS: Wikileaks CIA documents raise hacking fears — should we worry about our devices?

CANADIAN BUSINESS: Cyber-security gaps that small businesses need to watch

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: December 22, 2016 While data breaches at big corporations continue to make headlines, cyber attacks against small businesses are quietly on the rise. In 2015, 43% of cyber attacks on businesses worldwide were against organizations with less than 250 employees, up from 18% in 2011, according to Symantec. “Today, … Continue reading CANADIAN BUSINESS: Cyber-security gaps that small businesses need to watch

CBC NEWS – Digital forensics ‘vitally important’ to Bruce McArthur murder investigation: expert

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: February 8, 2018 After alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur was arrested last month, experts tell CBC Toronto forensic examiners would have searched his apartment for "vitally important" digital information alongside physical evidence like blood. After alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur was arrested last month, experts tell CBC Toronto forensic … Continue reading CBC NEWS – Digital forensics ‘vitally important’ to Bruce McArthur murder investigation: expert

CBC NEWS: Facebook Messenger being used to deal drugs

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: November 15, 2016 While some Winnipeggers may have been shocked to learn of people scoring drugs on Facebook, a cyber security expert says it's not only common, it's a growing problem. Daniel Tobok, who runs Cytelligence Inc. out of Toronto, says there are no statistics to show the volume … Continue reading CBC NEWS: Facebook Messenger being used to deal drugs

Social Media, Online Gaming and Cyber Security

People are spending more time on social media, online forums and gaming sites. Most posts are harmless depictions of life in general; status updates, pictures of friends or food, or even a joke. However, sometimes people discuss personal topics and posts that contain words or images that reflect loneliness, isolation, hopelessness, irritability, or hostility. Even … Continue reading Social Media, Online Gaming and Cyber Security

IT WORLD CANADA: Over 70,000 Canadian credit cards suddenly on sale on dark web

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: October 21, 2016 The breach of 70,000 Canadian credit and debit cards shouldn't be a surprise, Daniel Tobok, CEO of Cytelligence Inc. "There's probably 400,000 at minimum different cards on the dark web that are from Canadian sources," he said. Some Canadian organizations like to think they're safer from … Continue reading IT WORLD CANADA: Over 70,000 Canadian credit cards suddenly on sale on dark web

GLOBAL NEWS – Dark web vendor ‘Mr. Hotsauce’ busted for selling hard drugs to Canadians

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: July 20, 2016 Even Justin Trudeau thinks Canada needs to update its data privacy laws for the 21st century, but the recently passed E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield probably isn’t providing the guiding light he might be hoping for, according to several privacy experts. Instead, the current agreement highlights the need … Continue reading GLOBAL NEWS – Dark web vendor ‘Mr. Hotsauce’ busted for selling hard drugs to Canadians

CBC NEWS: Canada relatively unscathed as cyberattack continues to spread

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: June 28, 2018 To-date, it has disrupted operations in 75 global companies--and counting. Estimates of the damage to operations are in the ballpark of $8 billion. As a cyberattack continued to spread among nations and corporations on Wednesday, the identity and motives of the attackers remain a mystery. Ports, … Continue reading CBC NEWS: Canada relatively unscathed as cyberattack continues to spread

MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE – What’s the worst China could do with access to Canada’s 5G network?

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: December 19, 2018 On a personal level, Daniel Tobok is a fan of Huawei technology. From Canada's national security standpoint, on the other hand, he has concerns over the location of the company's headquarters: the People's Republic of China. "Huawei is not necessarily a bad company," says Tobok, CEO … Continue reading MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE – What’s the worst China could do with access to Canada’s 5G network?

CITY NEWS – Gmail failing users by giving third-party apps access to data

Daniel Tobok E: dtobok@cytelligence.com Posted on: July 3, 2018 Amid news Google has been giving third-party apps access to the data of millions of its email users, a cyber security expert in Toronto says it’s time for consumers to demand safeguards. Cytelligence, cyber security expert Daniel Tobok Google's Gmail is being negligent with consumer data, … Continue reading CITY NEWS – Gmail failing users by giving third-party apps access to data

CANADIAN LAWYER – Planning for cyber-threats

Shannon Kari Posted on: April 3, 2018 Daniel Tobok, chief executive of Cytelligence Inc., a Toronto-based security company, says police in Canada currently have backlogs of as long as 18 months in dealing with cybercrime cases and it is not difficult for individuals to escape detection. "You can buy all the tools you need for … Continue reading CANADIAN LAWYER – Planning for cyber-threats