‘State or state-sponsored actor’ behind B.C. cyberattack: public service

The BC Public Service believes with a “high degree of confidence” that those behind a recently disclosed cyberattack against the provincial government were a “state or state-sponsored actor.”

Shannon Salter, head of the BCPS and deputy minister to the premier, gave more details regarding the attack on Friday, explaining the first incident occurred on April 10 and was then reported to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre).

The following day, Salter shared the BCPS engaged with Microsoft’s advanced cybersecurity detection and response team — otherwise known as DART — to help the province respond to the attack and mitigate further attacks.

Salter explained, since that time, the province has been working with the Cyber Centre and cybersecurity experts at Microsoft. No sensitive or personal information has been compromised, Salter assured.

B.C. Premier David Eby was briefed on the issue on April 17, Salter added.

More activity by the same threat state actor was found on April 29. Salter says all public servants were then directed to change their password and enhance password strength.

On May 6, another incident occurred, Salter shared, saying the Cyber Centre believes the series of incidents by the same state actor were also working to cover their tracks, increasing the complexity of the investigation.

However, Salter and the BCPS were unable to comment or confirm what or who the state actor or state-sponsored actor is believed to be. They also did not share specifically how many incidents occurred.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is set to speak on the developments Friday at 1:45 p.m. CityNews will bring you live coverage of this event online. You can watch CityNews 24/7 live or listen live to CityNews 1130 to keep up to date with this developing story. You can also subscribe to breaking news alerts sent directly to your inbox.