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Metrolinx targeted by North Korean cyberattack

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Jan 24th, 2018

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North Korea has been linked to a cyberattack launched against Metrolinx, spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins confirmed to CityNews on Tuesday.

At no time was any customer information compromised, she said.

The attackers used malware in their attempt to penetrate Metrolinx’s security.

The hack was channelled through Russia, Aikins said.

“At no time was any customer information or card information – nothing related to our customers – was ever compromised, so there was no breach of that information,” she said. “There was also no breach to our safety system so at no time was anybody at risk.”

North Korea has been implicated in recent hacks, including the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service in May.

U.S. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month that North Korea was “directly responsible” for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang would be held accountable for it.

Bossert said the U.S. administration’s finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the U.K. and Microsoft.

American officials have also said that North Korea is responsible for the Sony cyberattack in 2014 that dumped personal information of tens of thousands of current and former workers online.

North Korea has denied involvement in both cases.

With files from The Associated Press

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