Canadian engineering giant with military ties hit by ransomware


Black & McDonald, an engineering multinational headquartered in Canada, has been reportedly hit by a ransomware attack. The company works with the country's military, power, and transportation infrastructure.

Amid fears that the attack might have affected the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) operations and information, a spokesman for that company assured the incident was unrelated. OPG is responsible for approximately half of electricity generation in Ontario province with a population of 14.5 people.

Black & McDonald has yet to issue a public statement on the cyberattack.

Department of National Defence spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande said the attack was first reported to Defence Construction Canada (DCC).

"Once DCC was informed of the incident, it blocked all incoming emails from Black & McDonald out of an abundance of caution and conducted business by phone or in person. Once the contractor restored its email system and informed DCC, email communication resumed," CTVNews quotes her as saying.

According to the outlet, DCC handles contracts with outside companies for the maintenance and support of military bases.

No more details about the ransomware attack are available at the moment.

This is not the first case in recent days when Canada's entities found themselves in the eye of a ransomware storm.

Indigo, Canada's largest book, gift, and specialty toy retailer with over 7,000 employees, was hit by a prominent ransomware gang, LockBit. After Indigo refused to pay the ransom, LockBit claimed it had leaked the company's sensitive info. However, no downloadable data was found on the gang’s data leak site.

LockBit Indigo

The crooks behind the attack potentially compromised the information of former and current company employees, Indigo said.


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