The IT attack that crippled a town in northern Sweden

The main council headquarters in the town of Kalix which was hit by a ransomware attack in December 2021. (Nina Benner/Sveriges Radio)
  • The municipality of Kalix, in the far north of Sweden, is on the road to recovery after an IT attack which crippled vital functions and systems in the local council in the run up to Christmas.
  • After a news conference on Friday, the municipal director of Kalix, Maria Henriksson, told Radio Sweden that repairs following the ransomware attack have cost them SEK 2.5 million kronor so far.
  • And she remembers the IT attack as “a matter of life and death” for some people in the area, which is close to the Arctic Circle.
Radio Sweden

For more on the attack, and why it’s so serious in remote northern municipalities, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Nunavut government in Arctic Canada reformatting 2,000 computers after ransomware attack, CBC News

Norway: Subsea cable involving Norway could improve internet service in Inuit communities in Canada, CBC News

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