LockBit 3.0 Says It’s Holding a Canadian City for Ransom

Cybercrime , Cybercrime as-a-service , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Ransomware Attack Locks Up Westmount Services and Takes Down Email System Mihir Bagwe (MihirBagwe) • November 22, 2022     Westmount City Hall (Source: City of Westmount)

The nefarious LockBit 3.0 cybercriminal group is claiming responsibility for the ransomware attack that halted municipal services and shut down employee email accounts in Westmount, Quebec, giving the city a deadline of Dec. 4 to make an undisclosed ransom payment.

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Westmount, a city with nearly 21,000 residents in southwestern Quebec, on Monday initially reported that the city’s email services were unavailable because of an unidentified computer outage. Later, the city confirmed the outage also affected other municipal services and stemmed from a targeted cyberattack.

“Cyberattacks are unfortunately becoming more and more prevalent and sophisticated in our society, and despite all the measures we put in place, public administrations are not completely immune to this sad reality,” Westmount Mayor Christina Smith says in a statement. “I want to reassure all Westmounters that our teams are working seriously and diligently to remedy this situation, and we will keep residents informed.”

The city did not comment on the extent of the attack but says it hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate and to restore its systems as soon as possible.

La Presse, a local digital news agency in Quebec, quoted Claude Vallières, the city’s head

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