Arrests made in COVID-19 immunization security breach

One of the suspects is an Ontario government employee

Two people have been arrested by the OPP in relation to a security breach of the COVID-19 immunization system.

On Nov. 17, police say they were asked to investigate after the Ontario government received reports of spam text messages from a number of individuals who had scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the provincial COVID-19 immunization portal.

A spokesperson for the Solicitor General confirmed the security breach on Monday and said the messages were financial in nature.

Police say they executed search warrants on Monday and took two people into custody.

One of them is a 22-year-old man from Gloucester, who police say was an employee of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services for the Vaccine Contact Centre. The other suspect is a 22-year-old man from Quebec.

Both of them have been charged with unauthorized use of a computer.