Data breach infects Singapore healthcare group

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Checking computer security systemYet another healthcare provider has fallen victim to a major hack – this time in Singapore.  SingHealth, the island city-state’s largest healthcare group, has been hit by a data breach resulting in the theft of personal details from 1.5 million of its patients over the past three years.

The hackers have also stolen prescription details for 160,000 outpatients; including, embarrassingly, Lee Hsien Loong – the Prime Minister. Due to the persistence, sophistication and scale of the attacks, there is speculation that the perpetrators may be state-sponsored.

While the Singapore Government has issued assurances that no sensitive medical data has been compromised, this is a further example of an attack being launched on a nation’s critical infrastructure.