Hackers have targeted healthcare institution in the latest attack, which Singaporean media is calling the largest cyber attack ever. Singapore’s biggest healthcare institution SingHealth was targeted in this attack. Hackers stole personal information of 1.5 million patients in this attack and prescription details of 160,000 others. Stolen data also included the personal information of Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong. As per the Ministry of Health said the PM has been targeted many times before.
1.5 Million Affected By Hack Targeting Singapore’s Health Data
As per briefing by Singapore Government and local media, the attack was not the job of a casual hacker or criminal gang but was rather state-sponsored. They also said, “PERHAPS THEY WERE HUNTING FOR SOME DARK STATE SECRET”.
Prime Minister Lee also posted on Facebook saying,“I don’t know what the attackers were hoping to find. Perhaps they were hunting for some dark state secret, or at least something to embarrass me. If so, they would have been disappointed. My medication data is not something I would ordinarily tell people about, but there is nothing alarming in it.” He also added,”hose trying to break into our data systems are extremely skilled and determined. They have huge resources, and never give up trying.”
No critical medical critical data was stolen in this breach
The government has confirmed that their medical records have not been tampered with in this attack and all patient’s medical reports and doctor notes are safe. Only personal profiles are stolen in this attack which included their names, date of birth, addresses, gender, race, and national registry numbers, but not medical information.
The main target of this attack seems to be the Prime Minister and few other political figures. As Prime Minister pointed out in his Facebook post the reason for this breach could be to get political leverage by the opposition.