And the hacks continue. This time, Singapore’s largest healthcare group, SingHealth, has suffered an enormous data breach that allowed hackers to steal personal data on 1.5 million patients. SingHealth is the biggest healthcare group in Singapore and represents several hospitals, specialty facilities and clinics. Though financial information was not stolen, personal details including name, address, DOB and identity card numbers, were. The Ministry of Health asserted that the attack was not “casual,” but rather “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” and likely the work of a state-sponsored group. At this time, no medical records have been tampered with and no diagnosis or test results were stolen.
The SingHealth attack was another in a string of attacks on healthcare institutions, including the recent DNA registry theft of more than 92 million MyHeritage customers and a massive healthcare data breach of more than half of Norway’s population.