Government of Nunavut returns to paper records and phone calls following ransomware attack – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 2019216 Views

Far-reaching consequences may affect everything from student report cards to social assistance payments

This past weekend’s ransomware attack on the Government of Nunavut has had far-reaching consequences, having frozen the government’s communications and operating systems and revived the use of telephone calls, paper record-taking and faxes for communication among the territory’s departments.

For schools across Nunavut the attack means no internet access and possible delays in report cards. For others there will be “disruptions for the delivery of driver’s licences and identification cards,” according to a government news release.

And Nunavummiut may get their social assistance in “cheques if we need to,” said Nunavut Finance Minister George Hickes in the territorial legislature on Monday.

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