April 2019
OPP Warns Municipalities About Ransomware

2019-04-23 9:42:07 AM


The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again warning municipalities about a recent string of ransomware attacks on businesses and local government offices in Ontario. 

A ransomware attack involving a hack or a virus occurs when a cybercriminal infects a victim’s computer systems with malware that encrypts the data on those systems making them inaccessible and unusable without the key to decrypt it. The perpetrators then demand some form of ransom, typically in bitcoin, in exchange for the decryption key. 

While there are many types of ransomware, the most common methods of infection begin with a phishing email or direct hacking of a vulnerable computer system.

Please see below for more information: 

OPP: Cybercrime Alert – Ransomware

OPP: Cybercrime Alert – Ransomware (Hack/Virus)

Municipal Monitor: How to keep hackers from holding your company hostage

CBC News: Ontario police warn of recent cyberattacks targeting local governments (2018)


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