Singapore Take Healthcare Computers Offline After Breach
Singapore has reportedly cut the internet connection to computers at public healthcare centers to prevent it from being hacked after the city-state suffered one of its worst breaches of personal data in recent history.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that they have already disconnected the computers, which is something they should have done before. Teo said that separating the computers just like they did with the public sector systems would have disrupted the cyber kill-chain for the hacker and reduced the surface area exposed to attack.
The sensitive data of more than 1.5 million patients, including the prime minister’s drug prescriptions, were stolen by a cyber criminal gang last June in what the government describes as a “a deliberate, targeted and well-planned cyberattack”.