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Singapore Cyberattack Steals Health Records of 1.5 mln, including PM

Singapore Cyberattack Steals Health Records of 1.5 mln, including PM

However, the statement noted that medication details of about 160,000 people were stolen. Two other polyclinics used to be under SingHealth. The hacker had been targeting the data pertaining to his health and the medicines he consumed over the past few months, the health ministry claimed.

A forensic probe launched by the city-state's Cyber Security Agency (CSA) found that hackers stole three years' worth of the personal data belonging to some 1.5 million people - including names, national identification numbers, addresses, genders, race and dates of birth.

Despite that, Mr Lee said: "We can not go back to paper records and files".

SingHealth also pointed to its website and Health Buddy mobile app for patients who wished to check if their personal data had been impacted by the breach-of which, some 139,000 patients already had done so since the security incident came to light.

Health minister Gan Kim Yong apologised for the breach: "I am deeply sorry that this has happened".

They broke into the government health database in a "deliberate, targeted and well-planned" attack, according to a government statement. A former judge will head an inquiry looking into the incident. Retired district judge Richard Magnus will chair the committee.

Initial investigations showed that a SingHealth front-end workstation was infected with malware through which the hackers gained access to the database. Other public healthcare institutions will do the same.

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No further malicious activity has been detected since July 4, and all patient records in SingHealth's IT system remain in place, said the release. Security measures, including the blocking of dubious connections and changing of passwords, were taken to thwart the hackers.

"Singapore ranks among the leaders in cyber security, and we would like to see more governments follow their lead in disclosing breaches", Hoh said.

Meanwhile on 12 July 2018, a police report was made, with investigations ongoing. "To further limit data exposure, companies are advised to purge customer's PII if it is not required anymore, such as accounts which have been terminated".

In a Friday blog post, Loong writes: "When SingHealth digitized its medical records, they asked me whether to computerize my own personal records too, or to keep mine in hardcopy for security reasons".

Singapore has suffered the most serious attack in the nation states history, impacting 1.5 million patients to SingHealth's specialist outpatient clinics between 1 May 2015 and 4 July 2018.

All patients, whether or not their data were compromised, will also receive an SMS notification over the next five days.

SingHealth has warned patients about fake text messages, even as it embarks on a major exercise to inform patients if their personal data had been stolen. They also have introduced additional controls, reset the user and systems accounts as well as installed more systems for monitoring goal. "We have to go forward, to build a secure and smart nation".