After hack, Canadian LifeLabs paid ransom for 15M+ customers' health data

Hackers. [Shutterstock]

After LifeLabs was hit by a a cyber attack in November, the Canada-based medical lab paid a ransom to recover stolen data belonging to more than 15 million of its customers. That stolen data included usernames, password, and some 80,000 or more test results.

"We did this [paying off the hackers] in collaboration with experts familiar with cyber-attacks and negotiations with cyber criminals," the company today said in a press release.

"I want to emphasize that at this time, our cyber security firms have advised that the risk to our customers in connection with this cyber-attack is low and that they have not seen any public disclosure of customer data as part of their investigations, including monitoring of the dark web and other online locations," said Charles Brown, LifeLabs President and CEO.

Catalin Cimpanu has more in a report for ZDNet.

There's more information for impacted users of LifeLabs in a security notice on the LifeLabs website.

LifeLabs pays hackers to recover data of 15 million customers [www.zdnet.com]