Data leak affects 14,200 HIV-positive people


The personal information of some 14,200 people with HIV was leaked, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on 28 Jan.

Records of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to Jan 2013 and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to Dec 2011 were made known. Another 2,400 contacts up to May 2007 were also leaked.

Leaked information included the names of the people with HIV, their identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results, and medical information.

Permanent Secretary of Health Chan Heng Kee added that 1,900 of the 5,400 Singaporeans have died, while 90% of those living is male.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong apologized and reassured the public that his ministry would continue to strengthen and review its security system to prevent future breaches. The health department will also extend assistance and support to those who are affected.

It was later known that the data was leaked by US citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez, who had previously worked in Singapore as a polytechnic lecturer. It was reported that he still has possession of the confidential information.

Brochez is currently under police investigation as Singapore authorities are working closely with their foreign counterparts, MOH said. Meanwhile, his partner in crime, Ler Tech Siang who is a local general practitioner, is on bail pending his appeal.

Guys, please don’t spread the leaked details la if you come across such information. Imagine your information was leaked, people spread them; you also don’t like it what. People no morals, don’t have to follow them. Be a man do the right thing, stop the circulation.

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