Who is Lee Hsien Loong's press secretary

Singapore: Attackers steal health data from 1.5 million people

The attack is said to have been “well thought out, targeted and well planned”. The government announced today that a government health database has been hacked. The attackers stole data from patients who were in one of the clinics between May 2015 and July this year. A third of the city-state's residents, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, are said to be affected:

"The attackers repeatedly and precisely targeted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's personal information and information about the drugs he was given on an outpatient basis," said a spokesman. Government officials gave no information about the identity of the hackers and justified it with "operational security".

Singapore sees itself as a “smart state” and is on the way to digitizing government databases and basic services. The government does not shy away from severely restricting the privacy of residents, for example through facial recognition on street lamps.

Would you like more critical reporting?

Our work at netzpolitik.org is financed almost exclusively by voluntary donations from our readers. With an editorial staff of currently 15 people, this enables us to journalistically work on many important topics and debates in a digital society. With your support, we can clarify even more, conduct investigative research much more often, provide more background information - and defend even more fundamental digital rights!

You too can support our work now with yours Donation.

About the author

leon

studied Liberal Arts and Sciences and is interested in digital economy, cities, trust in the internet and culture. Email: leon.kaiser [ett] netzpolitik.org (PGP), Twitter.
Published 07/20/2018 at 5:29 PM