HAY RIVER, NWT (April 30, 2020) – The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) experienced a cyber attack from an unknown source early this morning. To contain and neutralize the impact of this incident, NTPC shut down most of its information technology services, affecting activity in most of the Corporation’s business areas.
An investigation is underway to assess the impact of the attack and identify any systems that may have been accessed. No timetable has been set for completion of the investigation. NTPC has been in communication with the territorial and federal governments as well as the Canadian Cybersecurity Agency.
NTPC is assessing whether the generation, transmission and distribution systems have been impacted. All electricity systems are functioning at this time. As a precautionary measure, NTPC has shut down its email system until it can confirm whether it has been compromised. Further information will be provided via social media as it becomes available.
NTPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NT Hydro, which in turn is 100 percent owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
QUOTE: “Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly aggressive and are frequently directed at governments, utilities and financial institutions. NTPC takes all threats to safety and security very seriously and will complete a thorough investigation of this matter.” - Noel Voykin, President and CEO, Northwest Territories Power Corporation
Doug Prendergast, Communications Manager