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As cyberattacks skyrocket, Canada needs to work with – and not hinder – cybersecurity experts

July 30, 2021 The Canadian Press

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Authors: Yuan Stevens, Policy Lead on Technology, Cybersecurity and Democracy at

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How much ransom demands are increasing for your cyber clients

July 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average ransom demands have increased nearly threefold and smaller companies are experiencing more cyberattacks, according to the results of Coalition Inc.’s latest cyber insurance claims report. From the first half of 2020 to H1 2021, the average ransom demand made

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Why clients are still forking over ransomware demands

June 4, 2021 by Adam Malik

Clients are still indeed paying ransomware demands, despite a report to the contrary, because the threat of having sensitive data exposed is very much a concern, according to a pair of cyber insurance experts. Their comments come following a report

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Manufacturers increasingly targets for ransomware attacks, study finds

May 19, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new report says North American manufacturing companies are increasingly targets for cybercriminal gangs that use malicious software to shut down businesses if they don’t pay a ransom. Research from Toronto-based eSentire says that six known criminal gangs

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Montreal library closes after hacking attack on daycare registration website

May 17, 2021 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A large library in Montreal will be closed until Tuesday morning in the wake of a hacking attack on Quebec’s public daycare registration website. Quebec’s Treasury Board Secretariat issued a recommendation on Friday evening urging all government bodies

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Cybersecurity experts say Canadian businesses can learn from U.S. pipeline attack

May 13, 2021 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s two largest pipeline companies say they have taken a proactive approach to avoid the type of cyberattack that has disrupted gasoline supplies in the U.S. Southeast and contributed to higher retail gasoline prices across North America. Hackers

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A cybercriminal hijacks an autonomous vehicle. Who’s responsible for a crash?

May 12, 2021 by Adam Malik

Vehicle manufacturers are likely going to be on the hook for damages following autonomous car crashes in which no human being is controlling the vehicle, a cyber insurance specialist says. “Certainly, one of the more dramatic ways of thinking about

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Latest cyberattacks on insurers ‘a wakeup call’ to shore up security

April 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

With a new cyberattack focused specifically on the insurance industry, a cyber expert is urging insurance companies need to up their security game in order to protect themselves and their customers. Otherwise, insurers could be on the hook for a

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Watch out insurers: You’re in the crosshairs of a new form of cyberattack

April 20, 2021 by Adam Malik

Insurance companies are in the crosshairs of a new set of cyberattacks, prompting a cyber leader to ring alarm bells for Canadian insurers. The vulnerability lies in the P&C industry wanting to make life easier for consumers, explained Matt Cullina,

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ICBC says COVID-19 rebate cheques delayed after cyberattack on third party

March 18, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia says it’s temporarily delaying the delivery of COVID-19 rebate cheques due to a cyberattack on a third-party vendor contracted to provide printing and distribution services. ICBC says in a statement the vendor

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B.C.’s Simon Fraser University reports cyberattack, some personal information exposed

February 18, 2021 The Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C. – Simon Fraser University says a cyberattack on a school server has exposed personal information. The British Columbia university says in a statement that spreadsheet data on the breached server contained personal information for a number of current

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Cyberattack may have exposed 500,000 files: Saskatchewan privacy commissioner

January 12, 2021 The Canadian Press

REGINA – A report from Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner says more than 500,000 files with personal information could have been exposed in a ransomware attack on the province’s electronic health information network. The office started an investigation into the December 2019