Ca: Government kiosks pulled from service

Kim Zarzour reports:

ServiceOntario kiosks at Vaughan Mills and Promenade Mall were two of the four locations where a security breach prompted the government to shut down all 72 of the electronic booths across Ontario this week.

The automated self-service kiosks at the two York Region sites, along with booths at Albion Centre in Etobicoke and Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, were apparently tampered with and in “an abundance of caution”, Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar said he decided to withdraw services from all kiosks.


There was no indication addresses, health card numbers or other personal information were compromised.

When customers use the ServiceOntario kiosk, the information flows between the government (ServiceOntario), the customer and the customer’s chosen financial institution.

The ministry was informed Wednesday by its financial partners debit card information had been skimmed, something that could theoretically provide criminals access to customer bank accounts, Ministry of Government Services spokesperson Mark Thompson said.


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