May 30, 2023

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BC regional government acknowledges cyber attack

A British Columbia municipality has acknowledged becoming the sufferer of a cyber attack just in excess of two weeks in the past.

The admission created nowadays arrives immediately after the LockBit ransomware gang shown the Sunshine Coast Regional District on its knowledge breach website.

“On Thursday, September 8 and for most of Friday, September 9, personal computer servers at the Sunshine Coastline Regional District (SCRD) were being offline,” the municipality stated in a statement. “This brought on an e-mail outage at the SCRD and our web site was also offline. The SCRD’s servers ended up back on-line within just 16 several hours with quite tiny effects to solutions.

“At this time, it seems as although the SCRD has been a sufferer of a deliberate attempt by criminals to entry info on our servers. In reaction, the SCRD has contracted an external cyber stability company to help with our investigation and the Sunshine Coastline RCMP has also opened a file on this cyber incident.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the SCRD has also notified the [British Columbia] Place of work of the Information and facts and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) which is viewed as very best exercise in these situations.

“The SCRD is now doing work to establish if any personal details might have been compromised on our servers throughout the cyber incident. If this is the scenario then the SCRD will comply with proven techniques through the OIPC with notifications to those impacted.”

Headquartered in the town of Sechelt, the regional district is distribute across some 3,700 sq. km. It has a inhabitants of about 32,000 that features the town of Gibson, the Schelet Indian Govt District, and various Indigenous reserves. Schelet is about a two-and-50 % hour travel and ferry trip from Vancouver. In accordance to Wikipedia, the district is typically accessed by using ferry, boat or aircraft no roads connect it with the rest of the province.