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Cyberattack hits Canadian engineering giant with contracts for military bases, power plants

March 9, 2023 Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A Canadian engineering giant whose work involves critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. Toronto-based Black & McDonald has so far refused to publicly comment on the cyberattack, while

Indigo refuses to pay ransom following cyberattack
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Indigo refuses to pay ransom, warns stolen employee data may be posted to dark web

March 2, 2023 Brett Bundale - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada’s biggest bookstore chain has warned employees that data stolen in a cyberattack may be posted on the so-called dark web after it refused to pay a ransom demand, Indigo Books & Music Inc. said Thursday. The retailer’s network was

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LCBO investigating cybersecurity incident

January 11, 2023 The Canadian Press

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says a “cybersecurity incident” has knocked out its website and mobile app. The LCBO posted a brief statement to its social media pages Tuesday night saying a “full investigation” was underway. The provincial Crown

Toronto's hospital for sick children suffers ransomware attack.
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Hospital for Sick Children says most systems back after ransomware attack

January 9, 2023 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto says most of its priority systems are back after a ransomware attack affected its operations. Dr. Ronald Cohn, president and CEO of SickKids, says in a release Thursday that about 80

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Ransomware group apologizes, says ‘partner’ was behind SickKids attack

January 3, 2023 Jordan Omstead - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A global ransomware operator issued an apology and offered to unlock the data targeted in a ransomware attack on Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, a move cybersecurity experts say is rare, if not unprecedented, for the infamous group.

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Ontario union victim of ransomware attack, notifies members of personal data compromised

November 24, 2022 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The union representing public high school teachers in Ontario says it was the victim of a ransomware attack earlier this year that compromised members’ personal information. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says it discovered in late May

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Organizations more willing to pay ransom for this type of data breach

November 18, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Ransomware is out, intellectual property data exfiltration is in. At least, that may be the bigger concern for breached companies these days, cyber experts warned in a Gallagher Talks presentation.  Organizations are less likely to pay a ransom when their

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Privacy commissioner recommends ransomware insurance

October 31, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s privacy commissioner recommends businesses should consider an insurance policy that will cover first-party costs of responding to a ransomware attack. “Consider obtaining a cyber insurance policy that offsets the costs associated with responding to an incident such as forensic

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Before paying a ransom, hacked companies should consider their ethics and values

August 18, 2022 The Canadian Press

Michael Parent, Professor, Management Information Systems, Simon Fraser University – THE CONVERSATION   The recent cyberattacks in August on Bombardier Recreational Products and the Ontario Cannabis Store highlight the continuing scourge of cyber criminals and ransomware. Ransomware is a piece

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Do your clients have enough (or any) coverage for ransomware attacks?

August 10, 2022 by Jason Contant

Businesses in Canada and the United States are increasingly concerned about how they will pay ransomware demands and more than half would like governments to cover damages when future attacks are linked to other nation states, according to a new

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The new cyber threat: phoning a call centre

July 28, 2022 by Jason Contant

One cyber insurance specialist is warning brokers and clients of a ransomware attack method that subverts common cybersecurity controls by tricking victims into phoning a call centre – rather than clicking a link – and instructing them to download malicious

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In the crosshairs: Why insurance remains a target for cybercriminals

April 27, 2022 by Jason Contant

Cybercriminals are now specifically searching for terms like ‘insurance’ when looking for data, a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP said during an industry event last week. “They’re not just looking for any data. They’re actually quite smarter,” says