Bermuda’s Premier, David Burt, has revealed that the recent cyber attack on the government’s information systems may have resulted in the exfiltration of personal data. Speaking at a news conference, Burt stated that while there is no definitive confirmation yet, there is circumstantial evidence pointing to the possibility of data being compromised by the hackers.
The attack, which occurred in September, severely impacted the government’s computer systems. At a previous briefing, Premier Burt had assured reporters that no data on government files appeared to be compromised, despite the significant amount of information stored within the systems.
However, during the latest news conference, Burt did not provide specific details about the extent or nature of the personal information that may have been exposed to the hackers. He emphasized that the forensic review of the attack and its effects is still ongoing, and no definitive evidence of data exfiltration has been found.
Nevertheless, Burt acknowledged the existence of circumstantial evidence that suggests data may have been taken. He reaffirmed his commitment to working closely with the Government’s privacy team to ensure that any affected parties are promptly notified. Burt stressed that they are operating under the assumption that personal data may have been compromised, and precautions are being taken accordingly.
Although Burt did not confirm whether the hackers had issued a ransom note or provide additional details about the attack, he did mention that a parliamentary committee would be established to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the cyber attack once services have been fully restored.
The investigation into the cyber attack and the potential breach of personal data highlights the increasing threat posed by cyber criminals. Governments and organizations worldwide must continue to strengthen their cybersecurity measures to safeguard sensitive information and protect against such attacks in the future.