Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Singapore HIV registry data leaked online in health breach

Singapore HIV registry data leaked online in health breach

An HIV-positive United States expat now on the run has leaked the HIV-positive status of 14,200 people - plus their contact details and the names of some of their sex partners - from a Singaporean health database.

In its website, MOH said 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.

The information includes names, identification numbers, contact details, HIV test results and other medical information.

His husband, who worked at the National Public Health Unit from March 2012 to May 2013, previously had access to the HIV registry for his work, the ministry said.

According to Singapore authorities, Mikhy K Farrera Brochez had obtained the confidential information through his Singaporean partner Ler Teck Siang, a doctor with access to Ministry of Health records. Farrera-Brochez, who was HIV-positive, was found to have used his boyfriend's blood for an HIV test to apply for an employment pass to stay in Singapore. He was convicted in September of abetting Brochez in criminal activity, and sentenced to 24 months' imprisonment.

"We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident", the statement said. "Our priority is the well-being of the affected individuals", it added.

The ministry says they are working with 'relevant parties to scan the Internet for signs of further disclosure of the information.' The Ministry apologized for the leak and say they are working with the affected parties.

Access to the information has been blocked but it is still in the possession of the person who leaked it - and could be disclosed again, the ministry warned.

Fox's Rent scores lowest ratings ever for a live musical
Midday Sunday, Fox announced that Hunt was injured Saturday night "during a live performance of Fox's production of Rent ".

Zac Efron's Ted Bundy movie 'Extremely Wicked' is shockingly pointless
If you're in the market for a movie where Ted Bundy is extra sexy, I guess Extremely Wicked fits the bill. Adam Chitwood from Collider said this is Efron's "best performance of his career thus far".

US unseals indictments against China's Huawei and CFO Meng Wanzhou
Huawei and its subsidiary Skycom face charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, as well as of violating the U.S. Ms Meng was arrested in Canada last month on a U.S. request for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran.

The ministry said Brochez worked in Singapore as a lecturer for a period before he was jailed for several drug and fraud-related offences and deported previous year.

In addition, MOH said Ler has been charged under the OSA for failing to take reasonable care of confidential information regarding HIV-positive patients.

Last year, Singapore revealed that personal information of about 1.5 million people including the prime minister was stolen after hackers infiltrated the government health database.

Brochez - who could not be reached for comment - is now under investigation by Singaporean police, "and the authorities are seeking assistance from their foreign counterparts", the statement said. "Police will not hesitate to take stern action, including prosecution, against those who have breached the OSA", said a spokesman.

Anyone that comes across the information online is urged to report it immediately and "not further share it".

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).

Police in Singapore said they would prosecute anyone found sharing the leaked HIV Registry data under the Official Secrets Act, Channel News Asia reported.

It was only on January 22 this year that the ministry was alerted to the possibility more information from the HIV registry remained in the hands of Brochez who, this time, had leaked the information online.

Like this: