Ransomware hinders Government of Nunavut services

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The Government of Nunavut is scrambling to recover from a “new and sophisticated” ransomware attack on its computer network.
The Government of Nunavut is warning of delays in some services as it works to overcome a ransomware attack on its computer network. image courtesy of the GN

All GN services that rely on electronic information are affected as the hackers prevent the files from being accessed until they receive payment. As a result, some GN service will be delayed.

“I want to assure Nunavummiut that we are working non-stop to resolve this issue,” Premier Joe Savikataaq stated in a Sunday news release. “Essential services will not be impacted and the GN will continue to operate while we work through this issue. There will likely be some delays as we get back online, and I thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”
The amount of time required to rectify the problem is hard to estimate, the territorial government acknowledged. 

Citizens’ personal information is not believed to be at risk, according to the GN.

“GN departments are implementing contingency plans to ensure uninterrupted services to Nunavummiut. Restoring electronic data for services related to health, family services, education, justice and finance, is a priority,” the government stated.

Patients are asked to bring their health card and medication when going to clinics.

The system will be offline for at least the next 8 days, until Nov. 12.

The Nunavut Tenders website was not impacted.

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