Saskatchewan’s deputy minister of Central Services says although the province’s network was the target of a cyber-attack, it is not very likely to be related to the recent ransomware attack which crippled thousands of computers around the globe.
The initial investigation seems to suggest it was a common “denial-of-service” attack.
The attack, which essentially floods specific servers with requests, forced the shutdown of the crown website, as it was unable to cope with the sheer volume.
Deputy Minister for Central Services Richard Murray says the attacks are nothing new, but he’s never seen anything of this scale.
“We have seen denial-of-service attacks like this before with some impact on government information,” said Murray. “This one seems to be an unprecedented volume of traffic – so a little unique in that regard.”
International cyber-security experts are still trying to figure out who was behind the WannaCry attack that started Friday.