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Ransomware attack delays government services in Nunavut, Canada

November 05, 2019 / Bradley Barth

A ransomware attack last weekend struck the network of the Canadian territory Nunavut, severely impeding a bevy of government services that rely on access to systems and electronic files. The attack took place on Saturday afternoon, encrypting files on government servers and workstations and crippling email and other internet-based communications. The only service to be unaffected is the Qulliq Energy Corporation, Nunavut’s only power utility. With an estimated population that’s approaching 40,000, Nunavut is Canada’s northernmost territory, which split off from the Northwest Territories in 1999. Many of its inhabitants are Inuit.