News and Updates on Information Technology

Canada – Telus/Medisys

Exploit: Ransomware
Medisys: Healthcare Provider 

Risk to Small Business: 2.391 = Severe

Medisys just disclosed that it had been impacted by ransomware, exposing 60,000 patient records. A division of Telus, Medisys operates clinics in British Columbia and Alberta providing preventive health-care services under the name Copeman Clinics. The company chose to retrieve the stolen data by paying the ransom.

Individual Risk: 1.866 = Severe

The company estimates that the breach disclosed information for about 5% of its clients, but the investigation continues. Stolen information for impacted patients includes names, contact information, provincial health numbers, and test results. Clients’ financial information and social insurance numbers were not affected.

Customers Impacted: 60,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Phishing-based email threats are a danger for any company, and they’re only increasing as cybercriminals take advantage of a wealth of cheap data and software for conducting these attacks on the Dark Web.