Wednesday, 20 February, 2019


US citizen leaks data on 14,200 people in Singapore with HIV

Mikhy Farrera-Brochez the man behind the leak lived in Singapore from 2008 onward before being jailed in 2017 for several fraud and drug-related offences and lying to the Ministry of Manpower about his own HIV status Data of 14200 Singapore patients with HIV leaked online by American fraudster who was deported from here
Patty Aguilar | 29 January, 2019, 12:43

Singaporean officials assured the public that they had installed additional security measures to protect patients' health data in 2016, three years after Brochez stole the HIV files.

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.

It said Brochez worked in Singapore for a period before he was jailed for several drug and fraud-related offenses and deported previous year.

They believe an HIV-positive American whose partner was a senior Singaporean doctor is behind the leak.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV was leaked and is now in the possession of a foreigner named Mikhy K Farrera Brochez. The information included each person's name, identification number, phone number and address, HIV test results, and related medical information.

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

In a statement on its website, the ministry said the confidential health information of some 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV had been exposed. From June 27 to July 4 previous year, hackers infiltrated the computers of SingHealth and stole the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The affected individuals included 5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners who had been diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 and December 2011, respectively. "Our priority is the wellbeing of the affected individuals", a release from the Ministry of Health (MOH) reads.

When contacted, the police said they are seeking the help of their foreign counterparts in their investigations.

The ministry said it had worked with the "relevant parties" to disable access to the information. His partner previously had access to the HIV registry for his work, it said. Ler has since been convicted of abetting Farrera-Brochez to commit cheating and of providing false information to the police and MOH.

"This incident is believed to have arisen from the mishandling of information by [the doctor], who is suspected of not having complied with the policies and guidelines on the handling of confidential information", the ministry said. He also was charged under Singapore's Official Secrets Act for failing to adopt reasonable care with confidential data regarding HIV-positive patients.

He is appealing the two-year prison sentence he received and is scheduled to be heard in March 2019.

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

The ministry said it discovered that Brochez had obtained the confidential records in 2016, and reported it to police.

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.

Recommended

loading...
...

Yellow warnings for snow and ice issued in United Kingdom , travel disruptions expected Good news, though - "significant accumulations of snow" are not likely to be widespread, so there is a silver lining. Powys County Council has already prepared for the weather and will have gritters and snow ploughs out on main roads.

Man City stays in hunt for quadruple after big FA Cup win Man City stays in hunt for quadruple after big FA Cup win It comes with Liverpool playing after title rivals Manchester City throughout March as the season draws to a close. We control their counter-attacks better and we concede few set pieces and we attack more fluently".

This rock brought back from the Moon likely came from Earth This rock brought back from the Moon likely came from Earth According to the research , Big Bertha is a two-gram fragment made of quartz, feldspar, and zircon, all commonly found our planet. That rock is the oldest known rock to originate from the Earth, dating back to approximately four billion years.

Fox's 'Rent' will go on despite lead actor's injury Fox's 'Rent' will go on despite lead actor's injury Prior to the show, Fox Entertainment & 20th Century Fox Television opened up about Hunt's injury in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

News FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn't answer News FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn't answer The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. For such a critical bug that doesn't require the recipient's interaction, that fix couldn't come soon enough.

Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 First Impressions: On the right track Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 First Impressions: On the right track Samsung's newly launched Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 will be available on Amazon India and Samsung India Store from February 5. M20 is powered by Samsung's latest Exynos 7904 octa-core processor and M10 is powered by Exynos 7870 octa-core processor.

Irish PM Says Army Might Be Needed at Border After Chaotic Brexit Irish PM Says Army Might Be Needed at Border After Chaotic Brexit Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said Mr Varadkar made the claims to remind the public what the border looked like 20 years ago.

'Harry Potter' casts Super Bowl curse on Tom Brady, thanks to Trump 'Harry Potter' casts Super Bowl curse on Tom Brady, thanks to Trump It wasn't about disrespecting the flag, it was about protesting police brutality. "He should just stop winning things".

NY Woman Rescued After Being Stuck In Elevator For Entire Weekend NY Woman Rescued After Being Stuck In Elevator For Entire Weekend A woman in New York City is recovering in a hospital after she was rescued from the elevator where she was stuck for three days. According to records at the Department of Buildings, no violations were found when the elevator was inspected last July.

State of the Union to wait until after shutdown is over State of the Union to wait until after shutdown is over Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says he is postponing his testimony because of "ongoing threats" by the President. North Carolina's House speaker, Tim Moore, invited Trump to deliver the speech in the North Carolina House chamber.

Trump AG pick Barr says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence Trump AG pick Barr says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence The Senate Judiciary Committee is prepared to vote on Barr's nomination to be attorney general this week or next. Senators on the Judiciary panel will vote Tuesday whether to approve a full Senate vote for Barr's confirmation.

Justice Department announces charges against China's Huawei Justice Department announces charges against China's Huawei Huawei officials also provided assurances to the US Congress that its business didn't run afoul of any US law pertaining to Iran. The Department of Justice charged Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Monday on several counts of fraud as U.S.

Venezuela's Guaido calls for new protests as pressure on Maduro rises Venezuela's Guaido calls for new protests as pressure on Maduro rises In the interview Sunday mentioned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's stance, saying: "Mr. Turkey and Iran have put their weight behind incumbent President Maduro.

Justice Dept. charges Huawei with fraud, ratcheting up U.S.-China tensions Justice Dept. charges Huawei with fraud, ratcheting up U.S.-China tensions Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced criminal charges against Meng and other Huawei executives. Meng, Huawei's CFO, is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud.

The Three Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages The Three Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages Although the Lakers are 26-24, ninth in the Western Conference, they're the team generating the most talk around a Davis trade. The Celtics can also extend Irving, which would take him off his Rose Rule contract and eliminate that impediment to a deal.