B.C. government to provide update on ‘state-sponsored’ cyberattack

British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety is slated to provide an update on a cyberattack targeting government networks that is believed to have been ‘state-sponsored.’

Global News will stream the update live here at 1:45 p.m.

Shannon Salter, the head of the B.C. public service, said earlier Friday that the province has a high degree of confidence the attacks were conducted by a state or a state-sponsored actor. The province has not revealed what country is believed to be involved.

Salter said the province had identified three breaches, with the first detected around April 16.

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Premier David Eby was briefed on April 17, and an email was sent to the public service on April 29.

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On Thursday, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said that the incident had not been a ransomware attack and that police and Cybersecurity Canada were involved in the investigation.

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Farnworth said investigators had yet to find any evidence that sensitive information such as health records were accessed or compromised.

In its Wednesday media release, the province said it has notified B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and that it would “be as transparent as we can without compromising the investigation.”

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