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Key Canadian infrastructure has regularly been targeted in ransomware attacks in which hackers essentially hold computer information hostage until they are paid, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said in a report published on Monday.

The agency said it knew of 235 ransomware incidents against Canadian targets from January 1 to November 16 of this year. More than half were critical infrastructure providers, including hospitals.



“Ransomware operators will likely become increasingly aggressive in their targeting, including against critical infrastructure,” said the report issued by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a unit of CSE.

The average total cost of recovery from a ransomware incident more than doubled to $1.8m globally in 2021, the Reuters news agency reported.

While the number of US government agencies and companies hacked by SVR was smaller this year than last, when some 100 organisations were breached, assessing the damage is difficult, said Charles Carmakal, Mandiant’s chief technical officer.

Carmakal said “not everybody is disclosing the incident[s] because they don’t always have to disclose it legally”, complicating the damage-assessment process. But the overall effect is quite serious. “The companies that are getting hacked, they are also losing information,” he said.

Mandiant did not identify individual targets or describe what specific information may have been stolen but did say unspecified “diplomatic entities” that received malicious phishing emails were among the targets.

The administration of US President Joe Biden imposed sanctions last April in response to the SolarWinds hack, including against six Russian companies that support the country’s cyber-efforts.


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