Privacy of nearly 58,500 people breached in 2021 cyberattack on N.L. health care – CTV

Dec. 9, 2022

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – More than 58,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador had their private data exposed by the hackers behind a cyberattack on the province’s health-care system last year.

Eastern Health, the province’s largest health authority, said today that a review of a network drive accessed by the hackers is now complete, and it found that data belonging to about 58,200 patients was breached.

A statement from the health authority says another 280 staff or former staff members were also affected by the cyberattack, which was discovered on Oct. 30, 2021.

Eastern Health says the hackers accessed social insurance numbers belonging to fewer than 20 patients and banking information belonging to fewer than five patients.

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