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London Drugs says it’s unwilling to pay ransom demanded by hackers | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


The image suggested a ransom of $25 million had been demanded from London Drugs with a deadline set for Thursday, adding that the retailer was so far “only willing to pay 8 million.”

London Drugs’ statement says it’s unable to “provide specifics on the nature or extent of employee personal information potentially impacted.”

“Through our ongoing investigation, we are now aware that London Drugs has been identified by cybercriminals on the Dark Web as a victim of exfiltration of files from its corporate head office, some of which may contain employee information,” it says.

London Drugs closed all 79 of its stores in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba on April 28, when it became aware of the cyberattack.

They did not all reopen until May 7.

It was part of a series of hacking incidents that included what the B.C. government called a “sophisticated” attempt by criminals to breach its own information systems, and the hacking of B.C.’s library systems by extortionists who sought a ransom to not release the data. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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