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Largest health systems in N.L. Canada suffered cyberattack

Exploit: Ransomware

Newfoundland and Labrador Health: Healthcare System

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Risk to Business: 1.442=Extreme

What may be the largest cyberattack in Canadian history crippled the healthcare system of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on October 30th. The suspected ransomware attack hit scheduling and payment systems, causing widespread interruptions to inpatient care including the cancellation of all non-urgent imaging and medical appointments well as a reduction in chemotherapy sessions and significant complications in the province’s COVID-19 response. Eastern Health reported that their payment systems to suppliers and vendors were also targeted by the attack. Email and telephone capability has been restored in some locations and an investigation is ongoing.

Individual Impact: No information about the exposure of patient information was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Healthcare has been beleaguered by cyberattacks, especially ransomware, since the start of the global pandemic.

Source: Security Magazine