The Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services says neither the province nor any of its ministries have been victims of the global cyber attacks hitting more than 70 countries.
The Ministry says there is no evidence of networks being impacted by “ransomware,” software that encrypts a computer and demands payment in order to unlock it.
But it says the Office of the Chief Information Officer is keeping an eye on the situation.
The statement goes on to say the provincial government regularly updates detection and response mechanisms, which includes a response to cyber threats and blocking spam.
The Ministry adds the Office of the Chief Information Officer and every ministry has dedicated staff to monitor and respond to security issues.
Earlier Friday, 14 countries were hit by ‘WannaCry,’ ransomware that locked millions of files away unless companies or governments were willing to pay up.
U.K. hospitals were hit first, but over the course of the day more than 45,000 attacks in 70 countries were recorded by Russian security firm Kaspersky — with the most attacks occurring in Russia.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called it “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history.”
In a map provided by Kapersky, Canada appears to be affected, though no company has reported any attacks yet.
Another map provided by Malware Intel also shows attacks in Quebec and Ontario.
Along with the U.K. hospitals, the Russian Interior Ministry is among the victims. A spokesperson said over 1,000 computers were affected in the attack.
Closer to home, FedEx confirmed to Forbes that the U.S. company was a victim of the attack.
There is a fix for the vulnerability — but since many people or companies don’t regularly install updates, or use older versions of Windows, they remain susceptible to the attack.
With files from Global News’ Rebecca Joseph and Nicole Bogart, Reuters, and the Associated Press