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Reporter Colin Freeze in 2010.
Reporter Colin Freeze in 2010.
(Peter Power/Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

What a cyber attack looks like – from the target's point of view

What does cyber espionage look like if you’re an IT specialist inside the federal government?

In Canada’s most central bureaucracy, it means you would confiscate corrupted computers, rip out their hard drives, and send the data across town for forensic analysis. All amid fears that someone had been trying to install a “key logging capability” to see what Privy Council Office staff had been typing.