Cyberattack at Canadian Engineering Giant Contracted for Government Military, Power and Transportation Projects.

February 15, 2024

INCIDENT

A Canadian engineering giant whose work involves critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. Details about the ransomware attack are scarce, with Black & McDonald refusing even to confirm it happened.

Canada’s defense department confirmed Thursday that its systems were not affected by a ransomware attack on engineering giant Black & McDonald. "Once DCC was informed of the incident, it blocked all incoming emails from Black & McDonald out of an abundance of caution and conducted business by phone or in person," Department of National Defense spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande said in a statement. "Once the contractor restored its email system and informed DCC, email communication resumed."

Black & McDonald also has contracts with the Toronto Transit Commission and Ontario Power Generation — both of which told The Canadian Press they were informed by the company about the ransomware incident.

Incident Date

March 9, 2023

Location

Canada

Estimated Cost


No cost values disclosed.

Threat Source

No threat source identified