Singapore suffers healthcare data breach
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.