On Friday, The Jamaica Gleaner reported that the government of Bermuda was hit by a cyberattack, suspected of originating in Russia. In early reports, the government said its telephone, Internet and e-mail systems were disrupted and that all departments were affected, which suggests this was a ransomware attack. The Bermuda Police Service said that its services were functioning and that emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers were operating as usual, however.
On Saturday, there was a somewhat disturbing update published by The Royal Gazette, who reported that the Premier has been criticized for leaving Bermuda to attend a black-tie function in Washington, D.C. instead of staying home to deal with the cyberattack. They also report, “there has been further criticism of Mr Burt after he appeared to blame the security breach on Russian operatives without having sufficient information to justify that claim.”