Employee information stolen in October cyberattack: TTC memorandum

Up to 25,000 current and former TTC employees may have had their information stolen in a ransomware attack

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Communication and security concerns led to dozens of formal job refusals being filed with the Ontario Ministry of Labor.

On Friday, TTC commissioners received a confidential update during an emergency closed-door meeting.

A statement from TTC CEO Rick Leary said there is no evidence yet that the information has been misused, adding that the hackers were part of an “extremely well-organized” company.

“Over the next several weeks, we will continue to rebuild the remaining impacted Internet servers and services, such as restoring external email capabilities,” Leary wrote.

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“But in truth, and based on the experiences of other organizations, this could take some time.”

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos said he is extremely concerned about the violation and how it may affect both employees and retired transportation workers.

“We hope that the TTC will treat this problem with the severity it deserves and keep our union leaders and members up-to-date,” he said.

“When the news of the cyberattack was originally known, ATU Local 113 stated that the security of confidential information of TTC workers should be a priority.

Dariusz Nowotny, vice president of CUPE Local 5089, which represents TTC’s special police officers and rate inspectors, called for Leary to resign.

“There was a total lack of communication between the TTC and the venue about this serious problem,” he told the Toronto Sun. “Members are dismayed that the TTC took 11 days to alert its employees.”


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