Canadian government officials for the Nunavut region disclosed that a ransomware attack struck the territory, impacting medical, legal, and social services. There is no recovery timeline right now, however, it may take at least a week before services return back to normal.
The suspected malware variant is DoppelPaymer, which is relatively new. Ransom demands connected to this variant range from “2 to 100 Bitcoin (BTC), or roughly $18,000 to $930,000.” This incident, unfortunately, could signal a trend of ransomware attacks targeting local governments.
New forms of ransomware are constantly appearing on the scene, and while cybersecurity researchers are constantly fighting against the threat by creating and releasing free decryption key generators when possible, some of us still do pay up rather than lose our content -- which ensures the criminal activities of operators remain lucrative.