#CyberFLASH: Ontario Education department suffers loss of email addresses

10712553An Ontario government department has learned the hard way about the need to secure a Web site. The Education ministry has acknowledged that 5,000 unencrypted email addresses of people who had left contact information on a site were recently exposed.

The ministry realized on March 5 there had been a loss of email addresses left by people who went to a site for information on workshops, Nilani Logeswaran, press secretary to Education minister Liz Sandal, confirmed in an interview this morning that. No other personal information was accessed.

The stolen email addresses were then publicly exposed on another Web site, which has since been taken down.

The Ontario Provincial Police and the provincial privacy commissioner are investigating.

As a result of discovering the breach the Education ministry Web site was immediately taken down. As a precaution the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Web site was also taken offline. Both are now back online, Logeswaran said.

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