September 18, 2021

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Hackers steal data from 2,300 people at CIUSSS de l’Est de Montréal

Hackers steal data from 2,300 people at CIUSSS de l'Est de Montréal

The pandemic was devastating, CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal recovers from computer attack, which slows down operations. This cyber attack started in late May and we noticed it on June 3rd, Related to the founding Deputy Director General Jean-Franకోois Fortin Verriolt‌.

Microsoft and the Department of Health’s Cyber ​​Defense team successfully stopped the attackers on June 5. But the system is fragile. The Internet was restarted, but no Internet access was available from hospital computers or from CIUSSS CHSLDs.

The Internet is shut down to ensure the integrity of information systems. Our first goal is to secure patient information.

A quote from:Jean-Franకోois Fortin Verriolt, Deputy Director General, CIUSSS de l’est-de-l-de-Montreal

Intranet is working, but several factions at the two CIUSSS hospitals said operations would be disrupted.

Already we were caught with a dilapidated hospital, icing on the computer attack Sunday, Informs medical source from Mysonnev-Rosemont Hospital.

Management assures in this regard. Access to patient records works, Explains Mr. Fortin Verrault.

The government should invest

Although the response was fast, the data was stolen. There are 2,340 medical residents for whom identities may be stolen, Said Mr. Fortin Verriolt. The files of 9 patients who made complaints were also stolen.

These files contain sensitive personal information. Equifox contacts the public to provide protection because identity theft is very risky, Directs the administrator.

CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal however began upgrading its computer equipment – the decision taken in this context CyberTalk CIUSSS du Center-u East-de-l-de-Montreal last fall.

Quebec is working to improve health data protection. But Quebec Solidair member Vincent Marissall said we want to speed things up. There are tools that are never on the cutting edge. And especially manpower shortages. The government should invest, Said the provincial deputy for Rosmont.

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Hospitals are increasingly targeted

The attack comes at a time when it is the object of computer attacks elsewhere in the world. In the case of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, it was frozen for almost 48 hours.

Medical data Gold weighs its value, Refers to Jean-Philippe DeCory-Matthew, head of cyber‌ security for Vigilance

He believes the number of attacks on hospitals is not a risk. If hackers attack hospitals, it may be because they are not properly protected, Believe Mr. Deckary-Matthew.

The deputy director of CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal observed the phenomenon exploding.

Internationally, cyber-attacks on hospitals have historically accounted for 17% of the total. This is an increase of 25% compared to last year, Said Mr. Fortin Verriolt.

Problems and additional costs for health networks, already mortgaged by the pandemic.