Hacked Lifelabs Failed To Protect Customers’ Data

Toronto’s Lifelabs, Canada’s largest laboratory testing company. has failed to protect customers’ data from hackers last year. Their data’s breach was the largest in Canadian history due to sheer number of data revealed.

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Ontario, has ordered Lifelabs to better protect their data from now on, as well as has better procedures to inform customers whose information was stolen.

Over 15 million names, addresses, emails, customer logins and passwords, health card numbers and lab tests were downloaded by hackers last year from Lifelabs servers.

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The commission said that even though “reasonable steps” were taken to oversee the hackers’ investigation – the Lifelabs did not do enough to protect the data in the first place.

Lifelabs said that it “has committed to being open and transparent” about the investigation.

Michael McEvoy, information and privacy commissioner of British Columbia, said it was disappointing that no laws exists where it would be possible for him to charge the company for being so careless with the data.

“LifeLabs’ failure to properly protect the personal health information of British Columbians and Canadians is unacceptable.

LifeLabs exposed British Columbians, along with millions of other Canadians, to potential identity theft, financial loss and reputational harm.

This is the very kind of case where my office would have considered levying penalties.”

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Michael McEvoy

information and privacy commissioner of British Columbia

SpaceX Wants to Deliver High Speed Internet in Canada From Space

In today’s world where everyone is hanging on their phones, personal computers being part of one’s daily living and online transactions are more convenient. We can see the impact of internet in this innovative world.

From a single swipe, we can unleash a lot of task, actions and even information at the convenience of our own hands. Internet really did great on putting us on a whole new perspective where connection becomes a vital part to every situation wherein.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has applied to Canada’s telecom regulator for a license to start a beaming high-speed internet to hard-to-reach areas.

Daniel Doucette, a resident of South Cariboo region mentions the difficulty of having no reliable access to the internet which is one of the million voices of Canadian people living outside of the major cities which pays a higher cost for a substandard internet connection. The unreasonable irregularity of internet connection that results to poor technological advancement is the main reason why the idea of reaching first-grade internet connection to rural areas is a must.

In this pandemic where social distancing and lesser human interactions are practiced, internet plays a major role not just for recreational reasons but also includes job-related tasks, online transactions, education, and even health care consultations and treatment.

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With that being said, a poor internet connection will result to impoverished virtual connection that may result to greater problems such as health problems, unemployment and unproductive education.

Musk’s petition to operate a high-speed internet connection is not just an opportunity to people in rural areas but also a stepping stone and an eye opener to the different telecommunication companies to raise the standard of internet with respect to the amount of payment being received.

The approval is still on its process but if it is fairly examined by the government and the appropriate sectors, it is a key to innovation that everyone is entitled to have and no one should be deprived of.

In this given time, the world is changing and so are we. We need to break more boundaries of hindrance and focus more on expanding internet technology to each and every one who needs it. This is not simply about “internet connection” but the connection that brings us together. The virtual connection that connects people, creates opportunities, and brings innovation. Internet is a useful tool to bring our world on a whole new level of innovation and success.

Top 12 Universities in Canada For Computer Science in 2020

Computer science grads are in great demand in Canada as well as south of the border in the United States of America. Some top universities claim that up to 95% of the grads are hired within a year after completion. Most of the entry salaries for computer science graduates have risen to about $60,000-$80,000 depending on the field of specialization, and even more if you get an IT job in the US.

The ranking for top computer science programs at Canadian universities were conducted by World Report US News.

World Report US News have used 13 indicators to rate the best schools out of 1,500 schools in the world. The indicators and the weight of importance were: Global research reputation (12.5%), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%) , Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%), Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited (12.5%), Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited (10%), International collaboration – relative to country (5%), International collaboration (5%), Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited in their respective field (5%), Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers (5%).

Without further ado, here are the top 12 Canadian computer science universities ranked in descending order. Did you go to any of the following universities – what was your experience like? Write in the comment section below.

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Simon Fraser University | Burnaby, British Columbia | #244 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Victoria Canada | Victoria, British Columbia | #240 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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Western University | London , Ontario | #204 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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Concordia University | Montreal , Quebec | #189 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ontario | #176 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Montreal | Montreal, Quebec | #144 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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McGill | Montreal, Quebec | #127 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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Carleton University | Ottawa, Ontario | #114 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alberta | #75 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Toronto | Toronto, Ontario | #31 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

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University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Ontario | #20 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

#1.

University of British Columbia | Vancouver, British Columbia | #14 in Best World Universities for Computer Science

Toronto Startup Tazwiz Helps with Local Hiring

Tazwiz is a personal assistant for Startups, Entrepreneurs and SME to ease daily operations. On the platform, post a task that you need help with, set your budget and requirements. Tazwiz will take care of the rest from connecting you to local students and taskers to handling the payments.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have a tech background? 

Tazwiz was started by Parth Patel while pursuing his computer engineering degree. With many successes and failures in his past startups, Parth never gave up the entrepreneurial dream. When it came to Tazwiz, Parth risked it all and dropped out of college to pursue his passion full-time.

How are you being financed? 

Tazwiz was able to secure an angel investment early on to bring the MVP to life, and recently secured a seed round from a Houston based VC to help Tazwiz expand across Canada and into other parts of the world.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome? 

The biggest problem to overcome for any market place is the classic chicken and egg problem. In other words balancing supply and demand. We are growing daily and need to make sure that we have enough taskers (students/professionals) on the site to match the requests of customers. 

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company? 

When building a good product with a strong vision, you’ll attract developers from where you least expect it. For instance Parth and Orlandson (now Co-Founder and CTO of Tazwiz) had met each other in a summer marketing class. Of course, the rest is history. 

Who is your biggest competition? 

Upwork is our biggest competitor, but unlike them, Tazwiz has uniquely focused on providing our customers with local support of young talented students. We want to corner the niche market of student and freelance employment which is growing by leaps and bounds in this uncertain job economy. Also, there are tasks that people just don’t want to do or would rather pay someone else to do, we offer that service. 

How are you intending on taking your company to million of dollars in revenues? In what markets? 

To reach a million dollars in revenue, our main focus has been in providing value at a community level by collaborating with incubators and government agencies. One of Tazwiz’s core values is that by working together as one, no challenge can be unsolved. 

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Investing in a team that has genuine care for your product is the biggest asset for any startup. Throughout the journey, you will be faced with a lot of hurdles but when you have a team that cares, they will sacrifice without you asking; work hard without you asking; and dig deeper without you asking. 

Coronavirus Contact Tracing App To Launch In Canada Shortly

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a tracing app to be launched in Canada within weeks.

The app will let users know whether they have come into contact with covid19 cases around them. The app will be completely voluntary. It will be first launched in Ontario as a test drive.

No personal information will be collected and the app will adhere to all the Canadian privacy laws.

Canada has recently surpassed 100,000 Covid19 cases but the new cases are slowing down.

The app was developed by Shopify and BlackBerry volunteers and will integrate with publicly available health data to let users know of Covid19 cases around them.

Province of Alberta has already launched an app in that province called ABTraceTogether. It was downloaded more than 200,000 times.

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Hacked

Another day, another cyberattack. This time, more than 329,000 accounts of members of CPAC were hacked.

Information disclosed included names, addresses, e-mails and employer names, passwords and credit card numbers. Password and credit card numbers however were encrypted.

CPAC sent an email recommending that their members remain vigilant. They say that stolen information could be used as a phishing attack, a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers.

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CPAC said they are not sure exactly when the breach happened, but could be between November 30th 2019 and May 1st 2020.

CPAC said that they hired security experts and contacted Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to let them know about the hack.

“Upon discovering this, CPA Canada took immediate steps to secure its systems and conduct a thorough analysis to determine what information may have been involved.

There is no evidence that the encryption keys were affected in this incident and we have no reason to believe the encryption was compromised.”

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CPAC’s Email To Members

This recent hack of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada adds to a large list of recent hacks against companies such as Desjardins and LifeLabs.

Canadian Telecoms Say Bye Bye to Huawei

Bell and Telus have decided to ditch Huawei and instead sign Ericsson for their 5G equipment needs.

This should help Canadian government decide whether to ban Huawei in the country.

Bell said it will use Ericsson for all their 5G needs and might also use Nokia for some other 5G needs that Ericsson can not provide.

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Just last week ago, Canadian court has allowed extradition hearings for daughter of Huawei’s president to the United States.

This news will definitely put some pressure on Canada – China’s relationship.

Huawei said it supports Bell’s decision and hope they can work together on some other needs in the near future.