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Government computers slowly returning to normal after ransomware attack


November 15, 2019   by The Canadian Press


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IQALUIT, Nunavut – The Nunavut government is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after its computer systems were paralyzed by a cyber attack.

Dean Wells, the territory’s chief information officer, says departments are beginning to come back online.

The Nuvanut Legislature is seen on April 25, 2015 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The government of Nunavut is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after its computer systems were paralyzed by a cyber attack. Dean Wells, the territory’s chief information officer, says departments are beginning to come back online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Government employee paycheques are expected to be delivered Friday as normal.

All Nunavut government computers were paralyzed on Nov. 2 when a ransomware virus entered the system.

It encrypted individual files on various servers and workstations and locked out regular users.

The government says it refused to pay the ransom and offices were forced to rely on fax machines, paper forms and telephone calls while the system was repaired.

Residents on income support were given food vouchers redeemable at local grocery stores.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 14, 2019.