What’s going on?
Singhealth database was compromised earlier this month and as a result, the names, NRIC, addresses, gender, race and date of birth of 1.5 million patients Of these, 160,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen and copied out.
According to Singhealth, anyone who visited SingHealth’s specialist outpatient clinics and polyclinics between May 1, 2015, and July 4, 2018, where affected.
No record was tampered with and no other patient records such as diagnosis, test results and doctors’ notes were breached. There was no evidence of a similar breach in the other public healthcare IT systems.
Impacted and PM Lee’s Data targeted
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the prime target as they “specifically and repeatedly targeting” his personal particulars and information of his outpatient dispensed medicines
Several other ministers were also affected, including Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong apologised to the affected patients:
“I am deeply sorry that this has happened… I would like to apologise to the affected patients”.
Is my personal information stolen?
Singhealth said that they will send you a text message over the next five days if you are among the 1.5 million patients whose information was stolen. You can login to Singhealth website with your SingPass to check if you’re affected.
It was understood that the hack is believed to be state-sponsored.
Fake SMS circulating
In a Facebook post on Friday night, Singhealth post “We have been made aware that some people have received the fake text (SMS) message below. Please note that this is NOT from SingHealth.”
“Please be assured that NO phone number, financial information or other patient medical records have been illegally accessed,” it added.
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