Government of Bermuda blames Russian threat actors for the cyber attack
September 23, 2023
The Government of Bermuda believes that the recent cyberattack against its IT infrastructure was launched by Russian threat actors.
This week a cyber attack hit the Government of Bermuda causing the interruption of internet/email and phone services. The attack impacted all the government departments.
“The Department of Information and Digital Technology (IDT) is working quickly to restore service.” reads the message published on the official account of the government on X.
The Premier of Bermuda and the leader of the Progressive Labour Party Edward David Burt explained during a press conference that the cyber attack also impacted regional governments as well.
Burt added that initial findings emerged from the ongoing investigation suggest that the attack was launched from abroad, likely from Russia.
“Our initial indication is it’s come from an external source, most likely from Russia, and we are working with agencies to make sure that we can identify any particular challenges and make sure that services are restored as quickly as possible.” said Burt. “What we are focused on right now is just making sure that we identify any challenges.”
“It does not at this point in time appear that any data has been taken, so that’s at this point in time but it does appear that systems are affected.” added Burt. “We are trying to identify which systems are affected, which ones are not so that we can return to servicing persons, so people at TCD, people at immigration et cetera, can get the government services which they rely on.”
Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban, JP, MP:, JP, MP, provided an update on the cyberattack:
“As a result of our network interruption, there will be no sitting of the House of Assembly,” a government spokeswoman had confirmed. “It is anticipated that there will be further service disruption today. Investigation into the incident continues and steps to restore service are ongoing.”
“Work to facilitate payroll and vendor payments has commenced, but payment delays are expected. Cashiers are accepting cash and cheques only at this time.”
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Government of Bermuda)