Personal data of 1.5 million people in Singapore was stolen by hackers

Singapore media reported that the country had suffered the most significant cyber attack to date, with 1.5 million outpatients visiting hospitals and clinics under the Singapore Health Care Group from May 1, 2015, to July 8 this year. Hackers stole personal data. Their names, birthdays, ID numbers and addresses leaked.

Hackers also stole more than 160,000 outpatient prescribing records. Singhealth believes that the target of the hacker is the medical record of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose personal data and drug-making records have been stolen.

SingHealth says, “The records were not tampered with, i.e., no records were amended or deleted. No other patient records, such as diagnosis, test results or doctors’ notes, were breached. We have not found evidence of a similar breach in the other public healthcare IT systems.”

The investigation revealed that the hacker’s attack deliberately and precisely planned. First, it was invaded from the computer of Singhealth. After the malware was implanted, it targeted the specific personal data in the database of Singhealth, directly and continuously trying to steal and copy the prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s medical record.

At the press conference this afternoon, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong apologized for the loss caused by the primary network security omissions and expressed deep regret.