The Singapore healthcare hack
The recent cyber attack against the Singapore healthcare system, carried out between June 27 to July 4, carries an eminent warning for healthcare providers the world over.
The attack against Singapore’s largest healthcare provider, SingHealth, now believed to have been perpetrated by nation state actors, compromised the medical files of over 1.5 million Singaporeans, including the outpatient details of some 160,000 patients.
With Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, admitting his personal concern about the compromise of his own personal data in this attack, one cannot discount the severity of the breach. While the data exposed did not by all accounts include actual medical information, it did include patients’ names, addresses, dates of birth, genders, race, and national registry numbers; such information is certainly enough to be of value to criminal enterprises if sold on marketplaces on the Dark Web.