Singapore: Hackers steal 1.5 million medical records (including the Prime Minister’s)

Hackers stole medical records from 1.5 million people in Singapore – more than a quarter of the population – including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It is a cyber-attack “deliberate, targeted, well planned” and “unprecedented” against a database of the State which is at the origin of this flight, report Friday, July 20 the Singaporean authorities. This is the largest data breach in the history of the Southeast Asian archipelago of 5.8 million people.

Prime Minister specifically targeted

“The hackers have repeatedly and repeatedly targeted personal information and outpatient information from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,” Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told a news conference. The authorities refused to disclose the identity of the hackers, citing reasons of “operational security”.

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The rich city-state of Singapore is highly computerized and digitizes state databases and basic services. The authorities have long warned against cyber-attacks by hackers who may be students or delinquents or institutional actors. In 2017, hackers entered a Ministry of Defense database, stealing information from some 850 conscripts and ministry employees.

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