Locked-down computer systems are just part of the scourge of ‘terrifying’ ransomware


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Morneau Shapell, one of dozens of potential third-party victims, said she accepts assurances from Xpertdoc that no sensitive information has been compromised.

Accreon, who has until the first weekend in October to pay, declined to discuss his situation.

NetWalker recently released gigabytes of internal data from a Canadian Tire store in Kelowna, British Columbia. In response to a question, Canadian Tire Corporation said the store’s computers had been hit and authorities were investigating.

“This incident did not affect Canadian Tire Corporation’s computer networks that process customer information or purchases,” the company said, adding that store employees had been told their personal information had been compromised.

The college of nurses, which angered members by taking more than a week to publicly admit the attack discovered on September 8, said it was getting back on its feet, although some services were down.

“We share the distress and frustration of our members over this situation,” University CEO Anne Coghlan said in a statement. “Members can be assured that we will inform them directly if we identify a risk to individuals.”

The consequences of ransomware can go beyond financial and reputational aspects. This month, for example, a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, was unable to admit a patient for urgent treatment after an apparent cyber attack crippled their computer system, authorities said. The woman is dead.

Such attacks have become more and more frequent. The first victims in Canada include municipalities – including Stratford and Wasaga Beach in Ontario and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in British Columbia – health care organizations and charities. Cloud storage companies, with tons of third-party data, have also become attractive targets.


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