3 Toronto Art Companies Among Those Affected by Cyber ​​Attack by Email Newsletter – Toronto

Several Toronto-based art companies have been affected as part of a data breach that affected an email newsletter distribution service.

The Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Sympathy Orchestra and Canadian Stage have emailed all subscribers to notify them of a WordFly ransomware attack.

In a statement on its website, Wordfly, which manages newsletter subscriptions, said it was disrupted on July 10.

“The incident was propagated by a bad actor who carried out a ransomware attack on WordFly, resulting in the encryption of the WordFly application,” the company said in a statement on July 18.

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Emails sent to customers suggest data from the three Toronto organizations was involved in the breach.

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“WordFly understands that as of July 15, 2022, the stolen data has been deleted and is no longer in the attacker’s possession,” said an email from the Canadian Opera Company to subscribers.

An email from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra said financial records had not been compromised. It said names, email addresses and information such as cartridge ID may have been part of the breach.

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Canadian Stage also provided phone numbers and addresses were not part of the incident.

“WordFly has confirmed that they are not aware of the data being publicly disseminated and/or misused and we have received assurances that the incident has been contained,” an email from Canadian Stage said.

Global News contacted the three arts organizations for comment, but heard nothing back at the time of publication.

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