A malicious government employee caused a major breach of Treasury Board’s computer security. This data leak would have caused nearly 31,450 victims.
The Sûreté du Québec is conducting an investigation into a data leak that took place at the Secretariat of the Treasury Board.
“Working documents that belong to the Government of Quebec as well as files that contain citizens’ personal information were found, on external computer media, at the home of an employee, which contravenes security practices in force,” the Treasury Board said in a statement.
The data that was found is, in the vast majority of cases, the surnames, first names and social insurance numbers of citizens.
“The data targeted by this breach of confidentiality mainly concerns personal information of nearly 31,450 individuals, contained in databases created between 2009 and 2012 and related to the process of qualifying candidates,” the document points out.
“The citizens affected by this breach of confidentiality will be informed by letter in the coming weeks. According to the conclusions of the investigation, the Secretariat of the Treasury Board will see to putting in place the necessary support measures with these people.
The Commission for Access to Information and the Government Cyber Defense Center have been seized of the case. “Measures have also been put in place to prevent such events from happening again,” it said.