(Reuters) – A possible cyberattack on the health care system in the Canadian province of Newfoundland has disrupted services and forced some meetings to be canceled, health officials said on Monday.
the attack, which was discovered on Saturday, Health Minister John Haggie told reporters.
"This led to a progressive failure of what I have described as the brain of the data center and a loss of functionality and systems across the regional health authorities," he said, adding that the authorities had taken emergency measures.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said a ransomware attack, which encrypts computer files and demands payment for their recovery, was behind the disruption of health care services, but Mr. Haggie could not confirm it.
There has been a significant impact on the health care system in the remote Atlantic Province.
CEO Da at Diamond of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, the region most affected, said emergency procedures were underway on Monday and that all other meetings would be moved to another day.
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