Canadian health systems recovering from breach that forced thousands of appointment cancellations

Intruders accessed patient and employee data after infiltrating health-related IT systems in a breach that’s only now coming into focus. A security incident affecting the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, first detected Oct. 30, took down multiple health networks, leading to the cancellation of thousands of appointments, including for chemotherapy treatments. The regional Eastern Health authority, which employees 13,000 people, only Thursday announced that its email system was again functioning. “As part of the on-going investigation into a cyberattack that impacted health care IT systems in Newfoundland and Labrador, it has been determined that some personal information and personal health information was accessed from the systems,” the provincial government said in a Nov. 9 news release. “A review is ongoing to determine if any other information is affected in the incident and further updates will be provided as appropriate.” Hackers obtained access to 14 years’ worth of information on current … Continue reading Canadian health systems recovering from breach that forced thousands of appointment cancellations