Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Lisa Dempster told reporters in the provincial legislature, shown here in St. John's on Thursday April 29, 2021, that the decision to halt the renaming plan for Red Indian Lake came from the government and the province's five Indigenous leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sarah Smellie

Data breaches in N.L. cyberattack spread, three of four health regions affected

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Newfoundland and Labrador government says data from another of the province’s health authorities has been accessed by the hackers behind a debilitating cyberattack that has reduced health services in the province for nearly two weeks.

Health Minister John Haggie told reporters today that personal information of patients in the central health authority has been breached, and it’s likely employee data was accessed as well.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced Tuesday that personal information of patients and employees in two other health authorities had been accessed by the hackers who shut down health-care information technology systems on Oct. 30.

Haggie repeated today that an investigation is ongoing and there is no indication that any of the data has been misused.

The information breached includes patients’ names, addresses, health-care numbers and reasons for visiting health-care facilities.

Government officials are refusing to divulge the nature of the attack on the health network or whether the hackers are asking for money.