The Government of Nunavut has fallen victim to a cyberattack, officials say.
In a tweet posted Saturday night, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said the government’s IT system had been hacked “early this morning” by a “virus” that had “targeted public services.”
In a post on Facebook, the Government of Nunavut identified the incident like a ransomware attack.
According to the RCMP website, ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and denies access to the system or data, and demands a sum of money to restore the information.
The RCMP says currently, the most common form of ransomware will encrypt data.
“Victims will receive an on-screen alert stating their files have been encrypted or a similar message, depending on the type of ransomware,” the RCMP website reads.
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