On Wednesday, the official website of the Canadian Armed Forces experienced a temporary disruption. According to a report from The Telegraph, the website was targeted in a cyberattack by a group of hackers who identified themselves as the ‘Indian Cyber Force.’ This group claimed responsibility for a previous attack on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The disruption began around noon but was subsequently resolved. Daniel Le Bouthillier, the head of media relations at the Department of National Defence, confirmed this to The Globe and Mail.
The Indian Cyber Force publicly announced their successful attack on the Canadian Airforce Website through their platform, sharing a screenshot of the error message displayed on the compromised website.
While desktop users had some access to the site, most mobile device users couldn’t reach it, as reported by The Globe and Mail.
It’s important to note that the affected website is distinct from the Government of Canada’s official sites and the internal networks of the Department of National Defence. Le Bouthillier assured the public that there were no indications of broader impacts on their systems.
The Canadian Forces, responsible for all military operations in Canada, including the navy, special command groups, and air and space operations, are actively investigating this cyber incident.
The Indian Cyber Force had previously issued threats against Canada on September 21, warning through social media of impending cyberattacks on Canadian cyberspace.
On September 22, the group expressed dissatisfaction with the Canadian government’s “accusations and anti-India policies.”
This cyberattack occurred amid a diplomatic standoff between India and Canada. The tension escalated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India vehemently rejected these allegations, labeling them as “absurd.” India also called on Canada to take decisive action against terrorists and anti-India elements operating within its borders and suspended visa services for Canadian citizens.