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- Published: 26 Jan 2020
Ransomware attacks on federal government contractors raise questions about the security of government data.
A construction company that's won millions of dollars worth of contracts with the military and other federal departments has been hit by a ransomware attack — raising questions about how the federal government does business with outside firms open to cyberattacks.
Ransomware attacks involve malicious software used to cripple a target's computer system to solicit a cash payment. Last month, a group is known as Maze — infamous for publicly shaming victims until they pay up — claimed to have run a successful strike against the Toronto-based company Bird Construction, stealing 60 GBs of data.
"Bird Construction responded to a cyber incident that resulted in the encryption of company files," wrote a company spokesperson in an email to CBC.
"Bird continued to function with no business impact, and we worked with leading cybersecurity experts to restore access to the affected files."
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