1600 people will be told soon that their personal information has been compromised after an unknown hacker breached a pharmaceutical database.
Health minister Terry Lake says all 1600 people will be offered protection against identify theft after the PharmaNet breach.
“They are all recieving letters going out today to all 1600 people who were affected. Offering them credit protection services and also working with them with health insurance BC and PharmaNet to go in there and add a level of security to there PharmaNet information.”
Lake says investigators are sorting out the breach and trying to determine if the hacker now has information compromising other systems.
“It is hard to know how extensive it could be. Certainly the measures that we will be taking will mitigate that. The office of the Information officer is working on this. The RCMP are being kept involved. Hopefully we will get to the bottom of this and hold those responsible accountable.”
Lake says his staff, the RCMP, and Privacy commissioner are investigating after the breach was discovered on June 24th.
“When you think about the amount of information and transactions that occur in the public sector and in the private sector everyday the amount of breaches of confidentiality are very small but of course they have huge impacts on individuals so we want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
Lake says someone using a Doctor’s sign in information had access to the PharmaNet system from March to June.
Among the 1600 affected people 34 had their entire medical history compromised.