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Cayman confirms systems protected from cyberattack

Cayman’s government has said it may never know who was behind an attempted tech attack in February because defensive systems activated so quickly and effectively (File photograph)

While Bermuda has still been told little about a recent crippling cyberattack on Government systems last year, Cayman has confirmed its systems thwarted one in February.

The attack on Cayman came five months after the Bermuda event last September and a new report this month has confirmed earlier assessments that no intrusion occurred in the western Caribbean island.

According to Cayman Compass, two initial reports, one by civil servants and one by Deloitte, concluded the breach was foiled, and no infiltration of systems or data theft took place.

Deloitte was also commissioned to undertake a third, more-detailed independent review of the security event to ensure that there was no “persistence” anywhere on their systems.

Cayman’s government has said it may never know who was behind the attempted attack because defensive systems activated so quickly and effectively that “none of the typical investigative breadcrumbs were left behind”.

Meanwhile, CaymanCompass said the attack in Bermuda led to a different result.

The publication said: “The foiled February attempt (in Cayman) came amid a global rise in cybercrime and five months after a successful infiltration of Bermuda’s government systems.

“The September 2023 cyberhack on the Bermuda Government caused chaos, leaving ministers and civil servants unable to access their computers and putting many services offline. Some systems were still affected weeks later.

“The Bermudian Premier David Burt has said details of their attack will be revealed once an inquiry is complete.”

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Published April 10, 2024 at 7:58 am (Updated April 10, 2024 at 7:12 am)

Cayman confirms systems protected from cyberattack

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