The Government of Bermuda, a British overseas territory, has attributed a cyberattack that has affected all its IT systems since Thursday to hackers believed to be operating from Russia.
The Bermudian Government announced that its internet, email, and phone services are currently experiencing interruptions, impacting all government departments. The Department of Information and Digital Technology (IDT) is working diligently to restore services.
During a press conference, Bermuda’s Premier, David Burt, stated that the investigation has not yet discovered any evidence of data theft from the affected systems. The attack has also affected other regional governments, although the extent of the impact is still being determined.
Burt indicated that it is likely the attack came from an external source, possibly Russia, and the government is collaborating with agencies to address the challenges and swiftly restore services. Reports also suggest that other Caribbean jurisdictions have been affected.
Furthermore, the Bermuda Government recently announced that additional disruptions to services are anticipated throughout the day due to network interruptions. The investigation is ongoing, with IDT teams working diligently to restore services and access to impacted systems.
The government has initiated efforts to facilitate payroll and vendor payments, albeit with expected delays. Cash and check payments are being accepted by cashiers. Government House is aware of the situation and is collaborating with the government.