American leaked records of 14200 HIV patients, says Singapore

American leaked records of 14200 HIV patients, says Singapore

The MOH said the information was in the possession of a USA citizen named Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, who had been remanded to prison in Singapore in 2016, convicted of numerous fraud and drug-related offenses.

He was deported after a conviction for numerous fraud and drug-related charges almost two years ago, the agency said.

"I am sorry that one of our former staff who was authorised to have access to confidential information in our HIV registry appears to not have complied with our security guidelines". The database contains information related to HIV-positive individuals and is used to monitor the country's HIV infection status, facilitate contact tracing, and assess disease prevention measures.

Personal information belonging to 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV has been leaked online by an American living in Singapore and who had illegally accessed the data through his partner. He released 14,200 patient names, HIV test results, phone numbers, addresses, ID numbers, and other medical information - including the names and contact information of 2,400 of their sex partners, the Singaporean Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Brochez was deported after serving his jail term and was now overseas, according to the ministry statement, which did not say where.

"Our priority is the well-being of the affected individuals", it added, saying that it has been contacting affected individuals to inform and help them since Saturday, and that it has worked with relevant parties to disable access to the information. Just a year ago, however, personal health information of over 1.5 million patients was stolen in the largest-ever hack of Singapore's public health system - which included the file of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The records leaked were those of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners, including work and visit pass applicants and holders, diagnosed with HIV up to December 2011.

"Police will not hesitate to take stern action, including prosecution, against those who have breached the OSA".

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It has appealed to the public to notify the ministry immediately if they come across information related to the incident, and not to share it.

March 2012 - May 2013: Ler was head of the Health Ministry's National Public Health Unit and had access to the HIV Registry.

June 2016: Ler was charged for offences under the Penal Code and OSA. After Brochez was deported last May, the ministry said it learned he still had some records.

Gan further said that a hotline has been set up to assist affected individuals.

Ler resigned in January 2014 and was convicted of abetting Brochez to commit fraud and providing false information to the police and Health Ministry.

Only when the police notified MOH last week (22 Jan) that the confidential information possessed by Farrera-Brochez has been leaked online that MOH made a decision to inform the public yesterday.

He was convicted in September previous year of abetting Farrera-Brochez to cheat and of providing false information to the police and Ministry of Health (MOH).

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