Nova Scotia Health Minister Randy Delorey says the province is working to better understand the cybersecurity issues in its health care system.
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Delorey told reporters on Monday that hackers accessed personal information of 22,000 people, including health details, as a result of malicious software that had been distributed by email.
Delorey says it is “frightening” that the phishing emails would have been sent to so many people and came with different attachments, which would have made it harder for authorities to trace the perpetrators.
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The Health Information and Privacy Commission was alerted by Health Department employees on Tuesday.
Delorey says Health Canada has been asked to audit the health-information system and examine vulnerabilities in its procurement software system and its system for tracking permits and approvals.
Delorey says Ottawa has agreed to its request.
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