News and Updates on Information Technology

Canada – Brookfield Residential

Exploit: Ransomware
Brookfield Residential: Home Builder

Risk to Small Business: 2.033 = Severe

DarkSide ransomware is the culprit in an attack on North American home builder and community developer Brookfield Residential. The company acknowledged that a limited subset of files had been impacted containing employee records and that the files had been restored from backup and incident reported to the appropriate authorities. Initial confusion about the scope of the incident was quickly cleared up: the ransomware gang initially claimed to have hacked Brookfield Asset Management, of which Brookfield Residential is a division, but later confirmed that it was just the builder affected.

Individual Risk: 2.801 = Moderate

The company has only indicated that a limited amount of employee records were impacted and has not specified the nature of that data.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is continuing to trip up businesses of every size. In a challenging economy, even cybercriminals have to work a little harder, which means ransomware attack rates and breach risks are rising every day.