INCIDENT: Ransomware Attack Hits Entire Canadian Town of St. Mary’s

The cyber incident locked and encrypted its internal server. St. Marys officials first became aware of the attack around 11 a.m. Wednesday 20 July, prompting staff to lock down the town’s IT systems and isolate its network to prevent any further damage, said Mayor Al Strathdee. “Since that time, we realized that it is a malware attack. There was a message asking for ransom,” he said.

According to cybernews.com, a group known as LockBit has taken responsibility for the recent ransomware attack, listing the small Southwestern Ontario town among its victims in a post on the dark web and is allegedly threatening to release troves of sensitive information if the Perth County town doesn’t pay up.

Incident Date

July 20, 2022

Location

Canada

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

References:

  • Infamous cyber gang demanding ransom from St. Marys: Report | #malware | #ransomware
  • St. Marys, Ont. grapples with cyberattack as ransomware group threatens to publish stolen data
  • NOTORIOUS RANSOMWARE GANG EXTORTS SMALL CANADIAN TOWN
  • An Entire Canadian Town Is Being Extorted By Ransomware Cyber Criminals

Industries:

Impacts

IT

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