Singapore PM among 1.5 million people affected by massive cyber attack

Singapore PM among 1.5 million people affected by massive cyber attack

The data taken include name, NRIC number, address, gender, race and date of birth. "We have not found evidence of a similar breach in other public healthcare IT systems", they added in the joint statement.

The hack of the country's largest group of healthcare providers, SingHealth, led to the theft of personally identifying information for a quarter of the country's 5.6m population.

In February, the USA and United Kingdom said that the Russian military was behind a "malicious" cyber-attack on Ukraine previous year that spread globally.

Investigations show the cyber attacks started on June 27 until July 4, when database administrators from Singapore's Integrated Health Information System first detected unusual activity on SingHealth's IT database, the government said.

While the exact culprits are not known, local media believes it was the work of state-sponsored actors and "not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs".

Specifically, mandatory contribution to NEHR is now on hold until further notice. Iswaran will now form a committee of inquiry to conduct an independent review of the incident.

"CSA has ascertained that the cyberattackers accessed the SingHealth IT system through an initial breach on a particular front-end workstation", authorities say.

SingHealth said it would be contacting all patients who visited its specialist outpatient clinics during the period of compromise to notify them if their data had been illegally exfiltrated.

Protective measures included resetting all user and systems accounts, placing additional controls on workstations and servers, setting up additional system monitoring controls, and temporarily imposing Internet surfing separation. All other medical institutions invited to do the same.

While officials refused to comment on the identity of the hackers citing "operational security", experts told Agence France-Presse that the complexity of the attack and its focus on high-profile targets like the prime minister pointed to the hand of a state-actor.

The government has previously warned of cyber-attacks, saying it has been the target of global hackers, but most attacks were foiled.

Sanjay Aurora, managing director of Darktrace Asia Pacific said "for SingHealth to have detected, investigated and reported the incident within a month is a "comparative success".

The Singaporean Prime Minister tweeted to confirm that even his own own personal records had been stolen and that the authorities would tighten up and defenses and processes. But, the news release stated that all the patients including the unaffected visitors also can expect one SMSto provide notification, in the next few days.

"I am personally affected, and not just incidentally". Going by the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study by Ponemone, a stolen healthcare record fetches US$408.

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