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Cyberspy agency defends proposed new powers to go on the offensive

Cyberspy agency defends proposed new powers to go on the offensive
From CBC - February 13, 2018

A senior official from Canada's cyberspy agency says proposed new powers would allow it to stop a terrorist's mobile phone from detonating a car bomb, block the ability of extremists to communicate, or prevent a foreign power from interfering in the country's democratic process.

Shelly Bruce, associate chief of the Communications Security Establishment, told a House of Commons committee Tuesdaythata proposed Liberal bill would help the agency counter 'cyberaggression' by foreign states and violent extremism.

A December report by leading Canadian cybersecurity researchers said there is no clear rationale for expanding the CSE's mandate to conduct offensive operations.

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