Thousands of Canadian government accounts hacked
The passwords and usernames of 9,041 GCKey account holders "were acquired fraudulently and used to try and access government services," the authorities said.
All affected accounts have been cancelled.
An investigation was launched by the government and the federal police to determine whether there were any breaches of privacy and whether the information was obtained from these accounts, the authorities said.
Payments related to the Canadian Emergency Benefit, a financial assistance package put in place by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, have also been issued in their names without their request.