Singapore has been hit by a major cyber attack that saw a database containing the personal information of about 1.5 million people, more than a quarter of the population, stolen.
In Singapore's worst cyber attack, hackers have stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients, including the outpatient prescriptions of 160,000 people, including that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers.
The breach took place between 27 June and 4 July, the day the hack was noticed by a security team, which immediately took action to prevent any further access for the hackers.
The government hasn't revealed any details about the people or groups who may be behind this cyberattack on the digitalized state. No other patient records, such as diagnosis, test results or doctors' notes, were breached.More news: Roseanne Barr screams about Valerie Jarrett in freakish YouTube video about scandal
The statement added there are no evidence of a similar breach in the other public healthcare IT systems.
"The attackers specifically and repeatedly targeted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's personal particulars", the ministry added in a statement.
They broke into the government health database in a "deliberate, targeted and well-planned" attack, a government statement says.
According to the statement, SingHealth lodged a police report on 12 Jul 2018 and police investigation is ongoing. "Perhaps they were hunting for some dark state secret, or at least something to embarrass me", Lee wrote on Facebook.More news: Indians acquire bullpen help with Padres' Brad Hand
Authorities first noticed unusual activity in one of SingHealth's IT databases on July 4, according to the Health Ministry's news release.
"Singapore ranks among the leaders in cyber security, and we would like to see more governments follow their lead in disclosing breaches", Hoh said. All patient records in SingHealth's IT system remain intact.
Minister in Charge of Cyber Security S. Iswaran will convene a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to conduct an independent external review of the incident. "There has been no disruption of healthcare services during the period of the cyberattack, and patient care has not been compromised".
The company provided a website so customers can check if they were among those affected and is contacting all patients. Similar measures are being put in place for IT systems across the public healthcare sector against this threat. Areas of review will include cybersecurity policies, threat management processes, IT system controls and organisational and staff capabilities.More news: Mobile adds $5 LTE global data pass as free roaming spreads