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Facing cybersecurity threats, Quebec shuts down government websites for evaluation

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Quebec will be shutting down close to 4,000 government websites following the threat of an international cyberattack on a widely used logging system.

Some 3,992 provincial government websites could be at risk, including those related to health, education and public administration, according to Éric Caire, Quebec’s minister for government digital transformation.At a news conference on Sunday, Caire said there is no indication the government was the victim of a successful cyberattack, and he called the decision to halt access to public-facing websites a “preventative measure.”

“We were facing a threat with a critical level of 10 out of 10,” he said. “According to the new protocols by the head of government information security, [that rating] automatically calls for the closure of the targeted systems.”

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