Security Breach Exposes Data of 3.4 Million Individuals in Ontario’s BORN Birth Registry.

Around 3.4 million people in Ontario who sought pregnancy care and advice from January 2010 to May 2023 were impacted by a cyber breach.

The Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) revealed the breach, which it discovered on May 31, 2023, and later reported to authorities, including the Ontario Provincial Police and the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

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During the breach, unauthorized copies of files containing personal health information from approximately 3.4 million people were extracted from BORN’s systems.

The Ministry of Health-funded perinatal and child registry says the leak was the result of an international breach of a file transfer software, which it used to send information to authorized care and research partners.

BORN stated that the copied personal health information originated from a vast network of primarily Ontario healthcare facilities and providers, covering fertility, pregnancy, newborn, and child healthcare from January 2010 to May 2023.

The statement assured there was no proof of data misuse, with ongoing monitoring of online platforms, including the dark web.

BORN also emphasized it would never request sensitive personal information through email, text, or phone calls.

Source: Global News

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