August 2019
Saskatoon Falls Victim to $1 Million Cyber Attack

2019-08-26 2:52:36 PM

CATEGORIES: Access & Privacy

On August 15th, Saskatoon’s city manager Jeff Jorgenson announced that the city had been the victim of a cyber-attack.

Jorgenson said a fraudster impersonated a local construction company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and asked for a change in banking information. The change of information was completed with the next payment going from the city to the cyber thief instead of the construction company for the amount of $1.04 million.

Saskatoon’s Police Service have said that it is unknown how much can be recovered and are warning the public of scammers targeting human resources and finance departments via email.  

This case is the latest of a growing trend of municipal governments falling victim to a form of a cyber-attack. Burlington, Ottawa, and the Town of Midland are a few municipalities that have publicly come forward.

Through our Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum, AMCTO regularly covers topics relating to cyber threats and ransomware attacks where panelists share their insights and first-hand accounts of dealing with an attack. Previous panelists include representatives from the Ontario Provincial Police, insurance company AIG Canada, and staff from municipalities that have been a victim of a cyber-attack.

Municipalities must ensure they are aware of the various ways cyber-attackers can target municipalities and have the appropriate infrastructure in place to deter or mitigate such attacks.  

To register for AMCTO’s upcoming Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum in November to ensure you and your municipality are equipped to deal with a potential cyber-attack, click here.

For more information, please see below:

Global News: Fraudster hits City of Saskatoon for $1M

CTV News: How other Canadian municipalities lost money to fraudsters and hackers

AMCTO: Ransomware Attack Hits Eastern Ontario Municipality

AMCTO: OPP Warns Municipalities About Ransomware


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