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Ottawa government employee arrested after COVID-19 immunization system security breach

The 21-year-old accused, from Gloucester, is an employee of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services - Vaccine Contact Centre.
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Two people are facing charges after a security breach of Ontario's COVID-19 immunization system.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Cybercrime Investigations Team has arrested was asked to investigate on November 17, after the provincial government received reports of spam text messages from a number of individuals who had scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the COVID-19 immunization system.

OPP officers executed search warrants on Monday, November 22, in Quebec and Ottawa. Several devices, computers and laptops were seized.

Ayoub Sayid, 21, of Gloucester, has been arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Computer contrary to s. 342.1(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

Sayid is an employee of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services - Vaccine Contact Centre.

Rahim Abdu, 22, of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, has been arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Computer contrary to s. 342.1(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

The accused have been released from custody and will be scheduled to appear in court.

The OPP is reminding the public to always be suspicious of any text messages requesting financial or private information. Anyone who suspects fraudulent activity is asked to report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), through its website at antifraudcentre.ca or by telephone at 1-888-495-8501.

Anyone who has been a victim of a scam, fraud or cybercrime, should contact their local police department as soon as possible.

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