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Dancing doctor to face terror charge more than three years after arrest

OTTAWA - More than three years after his arrest, a man who once auditioned for the Canadian Idol TV show will face trial on a terrorism charge. Khurram Syed Sher, a doctor of pathology from London, Ont., is to be tried by judge alone in an Ottawa courtroom starting Monday. Sher, 31, was charged along with two other men in August 2010 with conspiracy to facilitate terrorism. The others cannot be named due to a recently imposed publication ban aimed at ensuring the jury in their trial, slated for April, is not prejudiced.

Some 130 Canadians support foreign extremists, 30 in Syria alone: CSIS

OTTAWA - A senior intelligence official says some 130 Canadians are working abroad in support of extremist activities — including about 30 in Syria alone. Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told a Senate committee the individuals' activities include paramilitary operations, training in weapons and explosives, logistical support, terrorist fundraising and studying in extremist schools. Two cases of young Canadian men who died in hostilities in Syria recently grabbed headlines.

Minister ready with (type of incident) sympathies to (city or town)

OTTAWA - If there's a major cyberattack on Canada, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will not be giving the public "specific details" of the incident, newly released briefing notes indicate. However, the minister won't be at a complete loss for words if he follows the carefully crafted script he's been provided for just such a terrible occasion. "Cyberattacks are a global phenomenon," Blaney is advised to tell Canadians. "Canada and other countries face escalating cyberthreats — these threats are real and continue to mature."

Judge slams spy agency for end-running law to intercept Canadians abroad

TORONTO - Canada's spy agency deliberately withheld information from the courts in an effort to do an end-run around the law when it applied for top-secret warrants to intercept the communications of Canadians abroad, a Federal Court judge said Friday. In doing so, the judge said in written reasons, the agency put Canadians abroad at potential risk.

Judge slams spy agency for end-running law to intercept Canadians abroad

TORONTO - Canada's spy agency deliberately withheld information from the courts in an effort to do an end-run around the law when it applied for top-secret warrants to intercept the communications of Canadians abroad, a Federal Court judge said Friday. In doing so, the judge said in written reasons, the agency put Canadians abroad at potential risk.

CSIS info sharing with eavesdropping agency concerns spy watchdog

OTTAWA - Sensitive information gathered by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service could be abused by Canada's allies due to lax sharing policies, says a federal review agency. In its annual report, the watchdog that keeps an eye on CSIS flags concerns about what happens to intelligence the spy service passes to the national eavesdropping agency, which in turn shares the details with foreign allies.

Trillion-dollar global hacking damages estimate called exaggerated

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A $1 trillion estimate of the global cost of hacking cited by President Barack Obama and other top officials is a gross exaggeration, according to a new study commissioned by the company responsible for the earlier approximation. A preliminary report being released Monday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and underwritten by Intel Corp's <INTC.O> security software arm McAfee implicitly acknowledges that McAfee's previous figure could be triple the real number.

The spy who drugged me: CSIS warns travelling officials of dangers abroad

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency has quietly warned travelling government officials they might be drugged, kidnapped or blackmailed after being enticed into a sexual "honey trap" by an attractive stranger. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says foreign intelligence services see federal employees — and the proprietary information they carry — as prized targets, and precautions must be taken to prevent the pilfering of secret files.

U.S. looking over Canada's shoulder in wake of navy spy scandal: sources

OTTAWA - Defence and security sources say the United States carried out a rigorous followup with key Canadian military intelligence centres in the wake of a navy spy scandal to ensure stricter security protocols had been enacted. A military source says U.S. liaison officers on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts were asked to verify that enhanced compliance and accountability measures for the handling of shared intelligence were in place and working.

Secret CSIS source, allied intelligence cited in high-profile terror case

OTTAWA - An undercover source working for Canada's spy agency and sensitive intelligence from the United States and Britain helped build the case against three terrorism suspects facing criminal charges, court documents indicate. At least some of that information came from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the London Metropolitan Police, says an affidavit filed by the RCMP in the Federal Court of Canada. Other material was apparently gleaned through the secretive "Five Eyes" eavesdropping network.
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