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Not enough cyber security talent in Canada, Deloitte reports

A new report by Deloitte said that Canada is severely lacking cyber security talent , and shortage of talent is not being addressed enough by universities and colleges.

Deloitte says that demand for cyber security professionals is climbing up by a rate of 7% annually with 5,000 of roles expected to be filled by 2021.

Deloitte said that total cyber security employment around the world by 2022 will be around 1.8 million.

This shortage needs to be fixed as soon as possible report states, due to pace of global technological innovation by more than $3 US trillion are expected in lost economic value in 2020 if not addressed.

Report states that universities and colleges in Canada are trying to address the shortage but find themselves in a tough spot as there are not enough qualified professors and instructors.

Deloitte recommends hiring consultants to address the demand, keep up with rising pay, and increase recruitment efforts by using recruitment agencies or consultants to help with hiring.

Report concludes

“For the foreseeable future, Canadian businesses, educational institutions, and governments that look at the cyber talent shortage through a human-centric lens, and take bold and deliberate steps to overcome the challenges will push ahead of their peers.”

Major Canadian Company Pays $425k To Hackers

We have learned that major Canadian firm paid $425k in Bitcoin money to unlock their servers from ransomware attack. Their live servers were locked as well as their backup. The name of the company can not be published at this time due to confidentiality agreement.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

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This is the largest ransomware attack pay out ever in the Canadian business history. Not so long ago, South Korean firm paid $1m to unlock their files.

While investigation is still ongoing, it started with phishing attack targeting 6 key company officials by sending them infected PDF documents. They faked PDF docs to be from the company’s current suppliers stating that this is an invoice for services provided.

After getting in, hackers spent few months exploring the system before locking up live servers, as well as backups.

Lesson learned? Way to make sure it does not happen to you?

  1. Hire some ethical hackers to try to penetrate your system and see if you are secure. You will pay much less than they did.
  2. Move your backup to a remote server not associated with your main live server;
  3. Patch your systems religiously.


Learn more about WannaCry ransomware attacks here:

Toronto Canadian Russian Speaking Hacker is Behind Yahoo Hack

22 year old Hamilton Ontario area resident , Karim Baratov, was arrested and is now alleged to be behind the biggest Yahoo hack. He has dropped out from high school but was living luxurious life.

Karim has dual Canadian Kazakh citizenship and lives just outside of Toronto. He is now been arrested due to hacking and selling Yahoo passwords for $100 each.

Karim has pictures all over the internet showing off exotic cars, houses, watches, cigars as well as hanging out in night clubs.




Karim owns two luxury cars : an Aston Martin, and Mercedes Benz sedan. All of which will be forfeited to the US if they manage to convict him.




This quote has been taken from his Facebook page:

Hey guys, let me share a very personal story with you, that not many people know. Exactly 4 years ago I got suspended from school for a few weeks for threatening to kill my ex-friend as a joke. At first, I felt really upset as I have never got into trouble before; but time off school allowed me to work on my online projects 24/7, and really move my businesses to the next level. I was well off in high school to be able to afford driving a BMW 7 series and pay off a mortgage on my first house; however, all the extra free time allowed me to make triple and even quadruple the normal amount. By the time my suspension was done, I changed my whole life plan! I didn’t wanna do post secondary anymore! The principal asked me to go see her and asked if I learned my lesson. She was very rude the whole time, so I politely asked her to go fuck herself, which led to my expulsion as I wanted. I only had 1 semester to graduate anyways, which I completed in 2 weeks by taking half courses online, and half via self-education program. Everything happens for a reason, and this really changed my life to better! My advise to you is give yourself permission to get the most out of your life. Taking shortcuts doesn’t mean shortcutting the end result.



Mr Baratov is now expecting a court hearing in Canada and will face extradiction request to the US. US has charged him with conspiring to commit access device fraud, commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse. He is facing up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

He is one of four men indicted by the US, however the other three are hiding somewhere in Russia and two countries (USA and Russia) do not have extradition treaty.