Those who gave birth at Brockville, Smiths Falls and Perth hospitals between 2010 and 2023 may be affected by cybersecurity incident

Those who have birth at the Perth and Smiths Falls hospital, or the Brockville hospital, may be affected by a cybersecurity incident. – Photo via Unsplash

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, as well as the Brockville General Hospital, have issued notices on their websites stating that those who received care at those locations related to fertility, pregnancy, newborn and child health between January 2010 and May 2023 may be impacted by a cybersecurity incident.

BORN (the Better Outcomes Registry & Network) was impacted by a cybersecurity breach caused by a global vulnerability of the software the program uses, Progress MOVEit, to perform secure file transfers.

“We are among the many Ontario healthcare providers that share personal health information with BORN Ontario related to pregnancy, birth and newborn care – important healthcare encounters that can affect lifelong health,” reads a statement posted to both hospitals’ websites.

BORN collects data from healthcare providers pursuant to the authority afforded to it in the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). BORN Ontario uses this information to identify immediate care gaps affecting individuals, link information to appropriate care providers, perform health system quality assurance, and analyze data for emerging trends.

According to bornincident.ca, a website dedicated to the matter, “at this time, there is no evidence that any of the copied data has been misused for any fraudulent purposes.”

BORN’s statement goes on to say they will continue to monitor the internet, including the dark web, for any activity related to this incident, and at this time they have found no sign of BORN’s data being posted or offered for sale.

Visit bornincident.ca to determine if your data was affected.

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