Banff Centre cyberattack leads to arrest of former employee

RCMP have arrested a former Banff Centre employee in connection with a cyberattack on the arts and cultural organization.

Tomas Towne, 50, accused of hacking computer network of arts organization

The computer systems at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity were hacked sometime between December 2015 and January 2016. (CBC)

RCMP have arrested a former Banff Centre employee in connection with a cyberattack on the arts and cultural organization.

Tomas Towne, 50, has been released from custody pending a court appearance next month, RCMP said in release. 

Centre officials told police in February that their computer network and IT systems had been hacked.

Cybersecurity consultants examined the network data at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and confirmed that it had been compromised sometime between December 2015 and January 2016.

"Banff Centre and Deloitte have concluded that there was no personal or financial information accessed during the attack and that it was suspected to be the actions of a former employee," Banff Centre said in a statement.

"The privacy of participant, guest and staff information is of the utmost importance to Banff Centre and over the past few months we have been working with Deloitte's team and have undergone extensive third-party testing of Banff's IT infrastructure to ensure its appropriate protection."

Towne is set to make his first court appearance in Canmore provincial court on Jan. 4.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said the accused was a former employee of the Town of Banff. In fact, he is an ex-employee of the Banff Centre.
    Dec 13, 2016 11:52 AM MT