Email addresses stolen in hack of ON Education Ministry website

March 17, 2015

The website for Ontario's Education Ministry was shut down for a week after a security breach led to hackers stealing 5,000 email addresses. The email addresses were from people who had visited the site to explore "workshop opportunities," said Ministry spokesperson Nilani Logeswaran, who added that no additional personal information was accessed. "The Ministry has contacted the affected individuals to tell them about this situation and assure them that although their risk is minimal, they should remain vigilant for any emails requesting their personal information," said Logeswaran. The addresses were reportedly posted to a public website for a brief time. ON's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) also took its website down as a precautionary measure. One security expert said that the risk involved with stolen email addresses is low, and that the Ministry acted responsibly by contacting the parties affected and notifying ON's privacy commissioner. Globe and Mail