The latest leak comes less than a year after a cyberattack on SingHealth that exposed the medical data of about 1.5 million people. The attacks underscore the difficulties companies and governments face in protecting private details of consumers.
Records of as many as 14,200 people with HIV and their 2,400 contacts have been “illegally disclosed online”, Singapore’s health ministry said in a statement, marking the second cyberattack the city-state has suffered in a year. The HIV-registry data was leaked by a U.S. citizen, Mikhy K. Farrera Brochez, who was deported from Singapore after serving jail time for fraud and drug-related offenses, the ministry said. The leaked information included names, test results and contact details of 5,400 Singaporean citizens and 8,800 foreigners. (Sundria, 1/28)
[Singapore’s health ministry] said Mikhy K. Farrera Brochez recently put the official records of 5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners online. These included HIV test results, names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses and other health information, it said. “While access to the confidential information has been disabled, it is still in the possession of the unauthorized person, and could still be publicly disclosed in the future,” it said in statement. “We are working with relevant parties to scan the internet for signs of further disclosure of the information.” (Liang, 1/28)
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