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Winnipeg (MB), Nov 24 (Canadian-Media): Personal information of of about 5,000 children, families and foster families, of eight Child and Family Services agencies in Manitoba, could be compromised in a cyberattack on the Southern First Nations Network of Care (SFFNC), SFFNC's spokesperson Jim Compton announced, media reports said.
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The investigation, considered criminal, by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security concluded that that it was due to a virus breach and added that servers on site were unable to remedy the issue.
RCMP's Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) is also investigating, but the police have not provided further details.
Compton said personal information of thousands of foster children, families and foster families could be compromised.
Compton also added that due to the system being down, information information of about 5,000 children in its care would be accessed manually.
All chiefs of the Southern Chiefs Organization have been briefed on the breach.
Technical support and other resources to assist the Southern Network is being offered by the the province and the staff from the Child and Family All Nations Co-ordinated Response Network will be available to provide necessary information to child welfare partners.