Data breach steals 1.5 M Patients’ Records in Singapore

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Last month, Singaporeans have suffered one of the biggest data breaches in its history, where 1.5 Million patients’ data including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong got stolen. This happened in Singapore’s largest healthcare group SingHealth.

The breach affected the data of those people who had visited the hospital between May 1, 2018 and July 4, 2018. The hackers did not breach any of the medical data. Instead, non-medical data of 1,60,000 patients including names, addresses, gender, race, date of birth and patients’ national identification numbers were accessed.

This breach was no way done by casual hackers. Instead, it was a planned and targeted cyberattack. Among those victimized patients, Prime minister’s personal details and medical records were explicitly and continually being targeted.

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook Status about the data breach:

Source: Facebook

This 1.5 Million breach was first noticed on 4th July and was reported to the police on 12th July.

In the last few years, several data breaches have attacked the healthcare industry. Even previous years hack of 92 million patients was exposed last month. Also, earlier in 2018, Norway’s healthcare data was in an immense data breach, which targeted few of the largest healthcare organizations in the country.

The most important thing anyone can do to avoid data breach is to stay attentive, as no one can guarantee your data safety today.

Here are a few ways healthcare companies can follow to protect their data from data breaches:

  • Obey appropriate guidelines and ideals
  • Guard your health applications
  • Enhance workflows, permit doctors to accept patient status anywhere, and improve care communication with a protected IoT set-up.
  • Use encryption to protect patient records and other health transactions.
  • Recognize and control the employees, patients, partners and whoever is accessing your applications with strong access management and authorization.
  • Stop investing in different systems from separate vendors
  • Encrypt the network traffic to safeguard all transactions and exchange of health records of patients.

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