MLA Thomas Dang accused of hacking Alberta Health Services website

If found guilty, the second-term MP could face a fine of up to $200,000

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EDMONTON — An Alberta legislator who was investigated by the RCMP after admitting to hacking into a government health website is charged under the province’s Health Information Act .

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The Alberta RCMP Cybercrime Investigative Team says they have charged Thomas Dang with unlawfully attempting to access private information contained in the Alberta Health Services Immunization Portal.

If found guilty, the second-term MP could face a fine of up to $200,000 and is due in court on July 27.

Dang resigned from the NDP caucus when he learned of the RCMP investigation in December 2021.

Police investigated after Dang admitted to using his computer to act on a constituent’s tip about possible loopholes that allowed access to people’s private health information on the COVID-19 vaccine website of the province.

He later said that when he ran into roadblocks trying to get into the vaccination site, he used Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s date of birth and vaccination dates – both publicly available – which allowed him to breach the site’s privacy safeguards.

He served in the House as an independent, but says he wants to return to caucus.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.

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