Ransomware Attack at US-Canada Water Management Organization.

September 26, 2023


International Joint Commission (IJC), the organization tasked with managing the lake and river systems along the border between the U.S. and Canada for the last hundred years, announced Wednesday that it experienced a cyberattack following reports that ransomware hackers claimed to have stolen reams of data.

The NoEscape ransomware gang claimed it attacked the organization — which has offices in Washington, D.C., Ottawa and Windsor — and stole 80 GB of contracts, geological files, conflict of interest forms and more. The gang gave the IJC 10 days to respond to their demand for a ransom. The group did not say how much money it was demanding to unlock the files. IJC did not respond to requests for comment about whether a ransom would be paid.

This week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that it would be offering drinking water and wastewater systems free vulnerability scanning services. Water systems can get weekly automated scans that will provide a report on known vulnerabilities found on internet-accessible assets, week-to-week comparisons, and mitigations.

Incident Date

September 7, 2023

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.