CALGARY -- The federal government said it is taking action after revelations of a cyber attack on a major player in Canada's energy industry.
Calgary-based Telvent Canada, an IT service company that helps manage 60% of all oil and gas pipelines in North America and Latin America, confirmed the cyber attack.
The company said some customer files had been impacted, but would not disclose which companies were targeted.
Telvent officials said affected customers were informed and were taking recommended actions.
The breach, which some experts have linked to Chinese hackers, was first reported by a U.S. journalist and cybercrime blogger.
Public Safety Canada, which is responsible for monitoring cyber threats and co-ordinating the nation's response to incidents, said it was aware of the attack and was taking appropriate action.
"While we cannot comment more specifically, for operational reasons, we can tell you that the Government of Canada is working to protect Canada's cyber networks, identify vulnerabilities and intrusions and to defend against malicious cyber activity," spokesman Jean Paul Duval said in a statement to QMI Friday.
"The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) is aware of this incident and already working with stakeholders in government and the private sector."
Travis Davies, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said they do not know exactly who was affected but noted they work continuously with their member companies to ensure security.
Word of the hack, which is said to have hit operations in the U.S., Spain and Canada, did not surprise Davies.
"It's nothing new for the industry," he said.
"It's the new normal."
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar said Friday the current government isn't doing enough on the cyber front.
"We saw just a year ago with the infiltration of cyber attacks that shut down our treasury department.
I'm not confident that the government actually is taking this seriously," he said in Ottawa.
In early 2011, foreign hackers -- using China-based servers -- targeted the Treasury Board and Finance Canada, seeking financial data.
In a recent report, Canada's spy agency, CSIS, noted the federal government is now targeted by "serious attempts to penetrate its networks on a daily basis."
The report also warned of the prevalence of cyber espionage in the oil and gas, high-tech and aerospace sectors.
-- with files by Kristy Kirkup