Sin­ga­pore suf­fers health­care data breach

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

Sin­ga­pore has suf­fered its most se­ri­ous data breach, com­pro­mis­ing per­sonal data of 1.5 mil­lion health­care pa­tients in­clud­ing that of its Prime Min­is­ter

Lee Hsien Loong. The af­fected users are pa­tients of SingHealth, which is the coun­try’s largest group of health­care in­sti­tu­tions com­pris­ing 42 clin­i­cal spe­cial­ties, four pub­lic hos­pi­tals, five spe­cial­ity cen­tres, nine poly­clin­ics, as well as three com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals. Non-med­i­cal per­sonal de­tails of 1.5 mil­lion pa­tients who vis­ited SingHealth’s spe­cial­ist out­pa­tient clin­ics and poly­clin­ics be­tween May 1, 2015, and July 4,

2018, had been ac­cessed and copied. The stolen data in­cluded pa­tients’ name, na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, ad­dress, gen­der, race, and date of birth. In ad­di­tion, out­pa­tient med­i­cal data of some 160,000 pa­tients were com­pro­mised, though, the records were not mod­i­fied or deleted. For the time be­ing, Sin­ga­pore has dis­con­nected com­put­ers from the in­ter­net at pub­lic health care cen­ters to pre­vent cy­ber­at­tacks.

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