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Canada – The City of Saint John, N. B.

Exploit: Ransomware
The City of Saint John, N. B.: Municipal Government

Risk to Small Business: 1.222 = Extreme

A massive cyberattack has ground many municipal operations to a halt in Saint John, New Brunswick. The suspected ransomware attack on the city government caused havoc. Government officials said in a statement that while its 911 communications network is open, the cyberattack has shut the city’s website, email, online payment system, and customer service applications.

Individual Risk: No personal or consumer information was reported as impacted in this incident so far, but it is still being remediated.

Customers Impacted: 68,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware isn’t just about capturing data anymore, it can also be intended to shut down your business. Security awareness training prevents up to 70% of cybersecurity incidents.