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37,800 people sent privacy infringement notifications related to the N.L. cyberattack

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Impacted individuals have patients plus present and former workers.
  • A cyberattack flung Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthcare system into a mess last fall.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s most significant health authority has reported to 37,800 people that their privacy was breached during last fall’s devastating cyberattack.

That number correlates to approximately one in every 13 people in the area.

And according to Eastern Health, it could go even higher.

Those impacted have patients, along with current and former workers.

The Department of Health conducted interview requests to Eastern Health, which did not make anyone open for an interview.

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s most significant health authority has reported to 37,800 people that their privacy was breached during last fall’s devastating cyberattack

In October, cybercriminals swayed Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthcare system. 

Information was robbed, lab results were unavailable, and deferred procedures and treatments were. 

Government officials have been tight-lipped regarding what happened, denying to say whether it was a ransomware attack or who was liable.

The initial lousy news bred by the attack got worse in March, revealing that the violation area was worse than initially thought. Almost 200,000 files had been taken from an Eastern Health network drive.

The health authority’s CEO, David Diamond, stated that a review had been undertaken to calculate how many people had been impacted.

Source – CBC News

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