Possible Privacy Breach at Nova Scotia Health Authority Penetrated by Phishing Expedition

Jun 12, 2019 | Data Breach, Data Collection, Privacy

Data Breach

Nova Scotia Health Authority Experiences Possible Data Breach of 3,000 Identifiable Health Records.  It is interviewing the potential breach of nearly 3,000 patients.

The Star reports the breach was discovered by its IT security team after an employee’s email account was compromised through an attack. The attack used what appears to be a legitimate email or message to gain access to a person’s account.  Karen Hornberger, provincial director of privacy for the health authority reported “We discovered on May 16 that there was personal health information in the employee’s inbox that was affected by the phishing attack, and it took us a little while to figure out just how many patients were impacted. Follow the link for the rest of the story.

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