July 20, 2024

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Computer hackers: 56,000 victims of data theft

Computer hackers: 56,000 victims of data theft

Names, address, telephone number, date of birth… thousands of people's personal data was stolen in a computer hack.

UQTR Foundation is one of them: graduates, donors, retirees… 56,000 people have been targeted so far.

The New Graduates Foundation of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) was also affected by computer hacking.

Millions of data stolen from Unimarketing

It was the Saguenay-based cybermarketing firm responsible for the foundation's financial solicitations that was hacked last August.

An employee clicked on a fraudulent site and may have caused this computer breach in July. For 7 weeks, but the damage was done too late.

The marketing company immediately suspended systems and hired a cybersecurity firm for 7 weeks, but the damage was too late. “We've tried to move as quickly as possible to have the right information. Ultimately, if you don't have the right information, you're not going to identify the right people and/or organizations,” said Steve Levesque, vice president of operations at UniMarketing.

A communication will be sent to the concerned persons in the coming days.

At least 30 companies or NPOs are currently affected, with the toll risks rising as analyzes are yet to be completed.

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