For many thirty-somethings in 2016, having a Tinder account isn’t particularly unusual.
The dating app for smartphones forms a profile by connecting to the users’ Facebook account. While Montrealer Sydney Krause does indeed have an account on the popular social network, she found herself surprised to find out she was active on the dating program as well.
“I got a call from my boyfriend and he asked me if I had a Tinder account and I said ‘No,’” she said. “He said ‘I didn’t think so, but you do.’”
IT security professionals in Canada often form groups to share information with members, but rarely outside the group. Now they’re coming together in a national network to broaden information sharing and best practices across industries. The Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance was quietly launched earlier this month with a goal of marshalling more resources to stand up to online attackers. So far 50 groups have agreed to participate in the alliance (see below for a partial list). The alliance is led by a 12-person national council co-ordinated by Gilles Racine, past president of the Ottawa chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. According to council member and communications lead Terry Cutler, vice-president of cyber at Sirco, a Montreal private investigation firm, the alliance was born out of a need for many of these groups to be more organized in cybersecurity. “We all complement each other, but nobody’s talking to each other,” he said in an interview. With the alliance “you’ll have some of the brightest minds across Canada collaborating together.” “We want to create interconnects between the groups so nobody remains siloed.” He said the alliance is akin to a roundtable.
A player with the Montreal Impact has been the victim of an extortion attempt.
Last year Michael Salazar was chatting online with a woman when he performed a sexual act on camera — unaware that he was being recorded.
When the soccer club announced Salazar had been signed as a new recruit, they received a demand to pay up or the compromising video would be released.
The Impact informed police and have been working with officers to track down the offender.
Salazar’s is a typical case of sextortion, says cyber security expert Terry Cutler, who added that paying up doesn’t always mean it’s over.
“Once the ransom is paid, [the victim expects] the video to be deleted but copies are usually made so if they want to extort them in the future they could,” he explained.
In Canada the rate of teenage sextortion cases rose 40 per cent last year, but anyone could be a victim. Cutler says internet users must understand the moment they send someone a video, they no longer control it.
“They are really putting the trust in the other person that they are keeping it secret,” he said.