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A Canadian man is accused of masterminding ransomware attacks that caused "damage" to systems belonging to the US state of Alaska. A federal indictment against Matthew Philbert, 31, of Ottawa, was unsealed yesterday, and he was also concurrently charged by the Canadian authorities with a number of other criminal offences at …

  1. RobThBay
    Pint

    federal enforcers

    That's the first time I've heard the RCMP being called federal enforcers. Sounds pretty good, eh.

  2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
    Trollface

    Revolting!

    How dare the multinational governmental cabal stand in the way of this upstanding entrepreneur, who was just promoting his small, independent security business by highlighting the incompetence of Big Gubbermint IT! It's the rise of fascism, I tell ya!

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Revolting!

      I want to know how he got good enough internet in Canada to become a cyber criminal

  3. msobkow Silver badge

    Every nation has its miscreants. My homeland of Canada is no different. You'll find the "me first; who cares about you" crowd in abundance here, and the difference between this fellow and the majority of such people is that he had some technical know-how and an utter lack of concscience or morality.

    Remember: For every Pope or Dalai Llama in the world, there is a Stalin and a Drumpf. :P

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re “ Remember: For every Pope or Dalai Llama in the world, there is a Stalin and a Drumpf.”

      I’m struggling to see your distinction here.

      They’re all suspect.

  4. Snowy Silver badge
    Facepalm

    On or about April 28, 2018

    The offense happen on or about April 28, 2018 and they filed charges on the 09/18/20 (19 September 2020)

    A few questions spring to mind why is this s a news story now over a year later.

    The offences happen on or about April 28, 2018 plus "(c) damage affecting 10 or more protected computers during a 1-year period" which is well before COVID 19 so no ""We had individuals, just individuals whose home computers were compromised. We had small, medium-sized businesses. Many of these businesses were just hanging on by their fingernails through COVID and then they get hit with a very expensive ransomware demand. That's pretty tough."". Best guess puts the start in December 2019 well after his offences.

    April 2018 to 1Spetetember 2020 is 29 months but they only investigated for 23 months what happen to the other 6 months?

    1. sitta_europea Silver badge

      Re: On or about April 28, 2018

      "...why is this s a news story now over a year later."

      Read the article.

      "A federal indictment against Matthew Philbert, 31, of Ottawa, was unsealed yesterday,"

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is there a logical reason for an artic hacker to prefer artic victims, or does it just feel more homey?

  6. Winkypop Silver badge
    Devil

    Heeeeee’s…..

    … a cybercrook and he’s OK

    He sleeps all night and he hacks all day…

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cybersecurity Expertise

    No, the CSE does not exist (or CSEC, as they call themselves now)!

  8. Ididntbringacoat

    Philbert?

    That case must have been a tough nut to crack . . . .

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