Singapore cyber attack has hallmarks of state-linked group
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s worst cyber attack in its history, in which personal information of about 1.5 million people including the Prime Minister was stolen, has the hallmarks of a state-linked group, the government’s communications minister said on Monday. In late June, hackers started stealing personal details and prescription records of patients who visited Singapore’s outpatient clinics over the previous three years, authorities announced on July 20. Speaking in parliament on Monday, S. Iswaran said the government would not disclose the attackers’ identity for security reasons but had determined the attack was the work of an ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’ group which is typically state-linked.
In the wake of the attack, the government disconnected computers from the internet at public healthcare centers and set up a four-member panel to investigate the incident which will report by the end of December.