Less than a week after SingHealth announced the nation’s largest breach in which the data of 1.5 million patients was compromised, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) or Sias announced it too has suffered a breach.
Officials learned on Wednesday that the breach occurred in 2013 and that the NRIC numbers home addresses, email addresses, mobile and landline numbers of 70,000 people were compromised in the incident, Sias president David Gerald told The Straits Times.
Gerald told the publication Sias has taken its database offline, and is working on a new website. The site currently displays a notification that the new site is under development and that is should be ready in two days or so.
Officials said this breach is unrelated to the SingHealth breach and that the exposed records were not tampered with and were not amended or deleted.
Kurt Long, CEO of healthcare data privacy company FairWarning said that the breach is, however, the latest in the ongoing series of attacks on health care providers around the world.
“The incident represents a big picture pattern: Attackers and insider threats are increasingly more sophisticated in their tactics and can conduct widescale attacks associated with espionage, drug diversion, blackmail, fraud, identity theft, and cybersecurity attacks,” Long said. “Care providers need to implement robust behavioral monitoring tools to prevent incidents before they start.”
Long said this allows healthcare organizations to focus on providing the highest level of care to their patients.