The Eastern Ontario Health Unit learned September 29 that it was a victim of a cyber attack.
"Our analysis of the hacking code suggests that the hackers accessed multiple websites maintained by the EOHU looking for credit card information which we do not collect. We immediately shut down our sites, changed the passwords, launched an internal investigation, and advised the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario," the agency says.
"The hackers also sent an email using an EOHU account about a contest to win an iPhone. The hackers did not use our newsletter subscribers list, but rather uploaded and used their own distribution list. We were able to identify the recipients of the contest email and alerted them that it was not legitimate and that clicking on it may have infected their computers with malware."
October 12, the investigation found the hackers were able to access certain databases used to schedule appointments and log calls to the health unit.
"In most cases, the information to which the hackers had access was limited to the caller’s name (first name and sometimes last name), appointment date, and purpose. In some cases, a telephone number but no other contact information was in the databases. Although these databases do not contain client medical records, some may contain notes. Where notes are sensitive in nature, and to the extent that we have contact information, we will reach out by telephone to affected individuals."
The health unit says it is "rebuilding, reconfiguring and incorporating new security measures into our websites to make them more secure against cyber attacks. We will also be consulting with web security specialists about any additional steps we can reasonably take to fortify our electronic information assets against attacks."
For questions, contact the Privacy Officer at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 ext. 218 between 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday.
If you believe that your privacy rights have not been handled properly, you can also contact the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario at:
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8
Telephone: 1 800 387-0073
North Glengarry has fired tax collector Sandra Cameron as an investigation into tax bill discrepancies continues.
The Ontario Provincial Police has been contacted, says the municipality which has since January been investigating and correcting several tax account errors.
The Township commissioned a forensic investigation that was conducted by Deloitte LLP. That investigation is ongoing but an interim report was recently received. The report confirmed the nature and scale of transactions which, in the township’s view, "violated municipal policies and practices. In accordance with the Township’s insurance policy, the Ontario Provincial Police has been contacted."
Discrepancies first appeared in January when the interim tax bills were produced. Township staff, with assistance from specialized auditors, have been making corrections to individual accounts ever since. The discrepancies typically relate to the manner in which payments, penalties and interest were applied and reported.
No further details are available at this time.
Three farm tractors and a trailer were stolen sometime between November 4 and 7 from a residence on Marcoux Road near Alexandria.
Stolen were an International 534 with a white bucket/arm, and galvanized pump fittings in the back, an International 454, with a red tool box screwed to a mud guard, and a Ford 8N 12 Volt, which has a custom front with an oven grill. The trailer is faded green and blue.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
France October 4, 1916: “I am getting heartily sick of this whole business, it is awful the slaughter of men. I think the whole world is crazy. I often wonder why I am left so long.”
Those lines are from a letter John Albert Ferguson wrote home while fighting in the trenches in World War I.
Excerpts from this compelling correspondence are published in the November 8 edition of The News.
“I’ll see you next year,” North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell promised Norman Moore, who celebrated his 101st birthday October 27.
The oldest resident of The Palace retirement home in Alexandria still drives, making regular trips to the Dairy Queen in Lancaster. In addition to receiving best wishes from the municipality, Mr. Moore, who has two children, Richard and Marlene, and two grandsons, received best wishes from the Queen and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The entire village of Martintown becomes a ghastly haunted pirate island tonight starting with the Black Pearl Pirate tour at the Mill and the 4th annual treasure hunt. The fun begins tonight at 5 at the Mill.
In Lochiel, the second annual Halloween party at the former St. Alexander's, now Lochiel Centre, is where 12 witches will be dancing around a large bonfire. Residents are distributing candy there for the trunks of their decorated cars. Activities and spooky fun for adults and kids. Starts at 6:30.
And the annual DRA Halloween Party in Dunvegan returns tonight with the old hall transformed into a spooky emporium with games and treats and contests. Starts at 6:30.
All events are free.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents that carfentanil, an extremely dangerous opioid, may have been added to some local street drugs.
A urine sample tested positive for the highly toxic variation on fentanyl, an opioid that has been responsible for a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses across the country.