Canada has confirmed that it has been hacked, and that the Google search engine is now blocking users from using the search bar at the top of the site, CBC News reported.CBC News first reported the breach on Tuesday, but the government’s chief information officer told CBC News on Thursday that the breach was reported to Google.
The CBC reported on Thursday morning that Google confirmed the breach and said it was working with government officials to ensure that the website is secure.
The CBC said that the government is still working to determine whether the breach is limited to Canada, and whether it was a breach involving more than one person.
Google’s top official, Matt Cutts, said on Twitter that the company is aware of the breach, and is working to fix it.
“We’re aware of this issue, and we are working on it,” Cutts wrote.
“Our goal is to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Canada’s Internet Service Provider Council said it has contacted Google to make the website more secure, and has also notified Google of any issues that may have been detected during testing.
“It’s a big day for Canada, but it’s not going to be the last,” said Andrew McPhee, the council’s chief executive officer.
“The Canadian government has a responsibility to ensure the security of their information, and Google has an obligation to make it as safe as possible for Canadians.”
The CBC reported that the attack comes amid an ongoing debate over online privacy and cybersecurity in Canada.
Google has been under fire in recent weeks for the way it has handled the investigation of a series of data breaches in the U.S. and Europe, and its lack of action on security measures in those countries.
Last week, Google was criticized by privacy advocates who said the search giant had allowed a U.K. user to bypass the company’s own data protection rules to access information about him and his family, and for not taking additional measures to protect the personal data of people who use the site.
The Canadian Press has contacted the U,S.
company for comment.