SingHealth cyberattack

SingHealth hacker's 'sophisticated' malware fooled even top anti-virus experts

SINGAPORE (Oct 5): Malware used to penetrate Singapore Health Services’ patient database system in June was so sophisticated that it tricked even experts at a top anti-virus firm, Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck revealed today at a public hearing convened by the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the SingHealth cyberattack.

Singapore to spearhead fight against online threats with regional cybersecurity centre

SINGAPORE (Sept 18): Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday announced the setting up of the Asean-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (ASCCE) to build the region’s cybersecurity capacity.

“Cyber-attacks are no longer a question of if, but when and how far or how deep they can get in our systems,” says Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security. “They are becoming more common all over the world as we digitalise our societies and economies.”

In this new normal, governments lose cyber battles and people lose trust

SINGAPORE (Aug 20): By now, there is no question whether cyberattacks are a global scourge. And Singapore has not been immune: Both private companies and public-sector organisations here have been attacked.

SingHealth hack spotlights Smart Nation push; higher cybersecurity bar for public agencies

SINGAPORE (July 30): Kim Huat, the erudite if somewhat earthy alter ego of blogger Lee Kin Mun, hit the nail on the head in his YouTube post on July 20. “See lah, like that how to ‘Smart Nation’? What if we all Smart Nation [and] upload everything onto a central database [and then get] hacked?” He was referring to the national push towards a digitally connected living environment and, more specifically, to the National Electronic Health Record that will require all healthcare service providers to contribute patients’ medical records to a central repository.

MAS orders financial institutions to tighten verification processes in wake of SingHealth cyberattack

SINGAPORE (July 24): The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has ordered banks and other financial institutions to tighten their customer verification processes.

The circular to all financial institutions comes in the wake of a cyberattack at SingHealth, which saw personal information of 1.5 million individuals – including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – illegally accessed and stolen.

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