Law Society of Alberta reports a surge in cyberattacks on its website, lawyer portal

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By Law Society of Alberta

Over the past three weeks, the Law Society of Alberta has identified a surge in cyberattacks targeting our website and the Lawyer Portal. None of the Law Society’s information systems or networks have been compromised, and similar attacks have been reported across a wide range of business sectors in Canada.

Authorities within the Ministry of National Defence assert that this rise in cyber threat activity is being perpetrated by Russian-aligned actors targeting Ukraine’s partners. For additional background and recommended actions, review the Minister of National Defence’s statement.

While these attacks are primarily targeting Canadian critical infrastructure, legal information systems and infrastructure may also be appealing targets. It is recommended that organizations work with their cybersecurity teams and partners to review the federal government’s cyber threat bulletin and discuss additional safety precautions and measures.

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