SINGAPORE (Dec 28): Industry experts and organisations say attacks and data breaches are all but inevitable. In fact, by year-end, it would be hard to find someone who has not had at least one piece of personal information — whether name, gender, address or credit card number — stolen or exposed.
In Singapore, the largest breach the country has seen occurred in July, when the personal data of 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was stolen from the SingHealth database.
As the nation reeled from the discovery, questions were asked about the timeline of the incident, specifically why it took the Ministry of Health so long to publicly disclose the breach. The breach took place on June 27 and was discovered on July 4. But the public was only informed on July 20.