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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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Why ransomware victims are deciding not to pay up

April 15, 2021 by Adam Malik

It appears ransomware victims are less willing to give in to cybercriminals and pay up, according to a recent report by ransomware incident response platform Coveware. Commercial clients are considering the tradeoffs and are increasingly opting not to hand over

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What the P&C industry is telling Wall Street about cyber risk

February 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers are taking a good look at their exposure to widespread cyber events and some are forming partnerships with tech vendors in the hopes of improving their clients’ cyber risk management. “The next pandemic – the exposure that looks

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New Brunswick city rebuilding its IT system after major cyberattack

January 15, 2021 The Canadian Press

Saint John, N.B., is rebuilding its computer network rather than submitting to criminals who launched a cyber attack against the city in November. City manager John Collin updated council Monday on the city’s efforts to rebuild its IT system following

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Locked-up computer systems only part of ‘terrifying’ ransomware scourge

September 28, 2020 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A shadowy group of cyber criminals that attacked a prominent nursing organization and Canadian Tire store has successfully targeted other companies with clients in governments, health care, insurance and other sectors. Posts on their NetWalker “blog” indicate the

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Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

September 20, 2019 Kathleen Foody - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO – The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission

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How not to deal with a ransomware attack

December 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Your client should never have to negotiate with a cyber criminal even if that client has suffered a ransomware attack, cyber security experts advise. Ransomware is a type of computer malware that prevents clients from either using their computers or

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Two charged in 2016 ransomware attack that hit University of Calgary

November 29, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The FBI says it has charged two men in Iran as part of an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted the University of Calgary and computer networks in the United States. The university paid a ransom of $20,000 after

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Why brokers need to talk about ransomware

November 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ransomware attacks are increasing, and as a result, there will likely be a shift in brokers and clients alike starting to recognize the value of the business interruption component of a cyber insurance policy, a specialist insurer said Monday. “Cybercrime

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Hacked Ontario town recently purchased cyber insurance

September 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

Police in Ontario are warning municipalities about a rash of cyberattacks targeting local governments in which hackers demand a ransom in exchange for access to systems. Ontario Provincial Police did not provide firm numbers on the ransomware incidents but say

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One easy way to reduce ransomware risk

March 2, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Risk managers who teach employees what suspicious email looks like can drastically reduce the risk of being hit with ransomware, a commercial insurer executive said Wednesday. Ransomware is when criminals hack into computer systems, encrypt files and demand a ransom

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Cyber risk management starts with preparing children ‘around a whole different mindset,’ says former Toronto deputy police chief

March 6, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Cyber security is more of a human resources issue than a technological issue, while cyber security threats are often detected more than six months after they occur, speakers told insurance professionals at a conference last week. “The nature of IT