US citizen leaks data of 14200 HIV-positive people in Singapore

US citizen leaks data of 14200 HIV-positive people in Singapore

The American lived in Singapore for eight years on an EP, from 2008 to 2016.

According to MOH, the confidential information is in the illegal possession of Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, a male USA citizen who was residing in Singapore, on an employment pass, between January 2008 and June 2016.

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

The Health Ministry had become aware in May 2016 that Brochez was in possession of confidential information that appeared to be from the country's HIV Registry. A workstation specifically configured and locked down to prevent unauthorised information removal was designated for the processing of sensitive information from the HIV Registry.

Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has ascertained that confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013, and 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of an unauthorised person.

The information included their name, identification number, contact details (phone number and address), HIV test results and related medical information.

Authorities were contacting people who might have been affected by the leak and more 900 had been approached so far, local media reported.

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

Singapore officials said the crimes Brochez were convicted of in 2017 related to him lying about his own HIV status to the Ministry of Manpower so he could get an employment pass. Prosecutors said he also furnished false information to police during a criminal investigation and using forged degree certificates in job applications.

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When firefighters arrived and forced open the door, they found a woman inside. "She was in good condition", the department said. He did not immediately respond to a message left with Stephens Inc., his investment bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This latest incident comes months after a major cyberattack on Singapore's government health database saw hackers steal the medical information of some 1.5 million people, including that of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. "We have worked with the relevant parties to disable access to the information".

The records were those of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed with HIV up to December 2011. It said it lodged another police report and notified the affected individuals.

Last week, it learned that he could still be in possession of the data, the ministry said.

The ministry has been progressively contacting those affected since Saturday, said Mr Gan, adding that a hotline has been set up for them to seek assistance.

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

"The information has been illegally disclosed online".

Meanwhile, Ler was charged in 2016 under the Penal Code and Official Secrets Act (OSA). The records were stolen sometime before 2016, but released after Brochez was deported from Singapore.

He was convicted in September past year of abetting Farrera-Brochez to cheat and of providing false information to the police and Ministry of Health (MOH). Siang remains in Singapore, where he is in the process of appealing a 24-month sentence for helping Brochez lie his way into getting employment.

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