Singapore experience a devastating cyberattack that affects 1.5 million people including prime ministerJuly 23, 2018
SingHealth, largest health institution in Singapore experienced a devastating cyberattack which affected the health profiles of 1.5 million people including the prime minister. This is the largest cyberattack the country has ever experienced.
“Investigations carried out by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and the Integrated Health Information System (IHiS) confirmed that this was a well-planned and targeted cyberattack,” Said the Singaporean government.
While the exact culprits are yet to be known, local media believes it was the work of state-sponsored actors and “not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs”.
Prime Minister Lee, who the Ministry of Health said was targeted specifically, reacted to this act of cyberattack:
“I don’t know what the attackers were hoping to find. Perhaps they were hunting for some dark state secret, or at least something to embarrass me. If so, they would have been disappointed. My medication data is not something I would ordinarily tell people about, but there is nothing alarming in it.” Said Prime Minister Lee, in a Facebook post
The country’s Ministry of Communications stated that a “Committee of Inquiry” would be created to strengthen the government’s cybersecurity against future attacks. The Singapore government also revealed that the hackers did not tamper with any of the medical records. Also, none of the diagnoses or test results were stolen, just the personal profiles. This information is typical personal identifiable information (PII) such as names, date of birth, gender, addresses, and race. Affected persons will be contacted over the next five days, They concluded.
According to information from the techspot, this recent attack only highlights the rising number of cyberattacks, particularly against health institutions. Numerous hospitals in Europe and the United States were hit with a rash of ransomware attacks last year. The particular exploit seems to have come from one of the NSA exploits leaked called Eternal Blue.
No one knows what next the hackers would be planning on against Singapore. And since they have the hackers is somehow connected with the state-sponsored hackers, it may be easy for them to succeed in the next attack if Singapore government doesn’t do anything fast concerning this issue.