The HIV-positive status of 14,200 people in Singapore – along with sensitive and confidential information such as identification numbers, contact details, addresses – have been leaked online, the Singapore Ministry of Health announced yesterday. Some details here: Records of 5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 were leaked. The leaked data included names, identification numbers, phone numbers, address, HIV test results and medical information. The names, identification number, phone number and addresses of another 2,400 contacts - identified via contact tracing - were also leaked. MediaNama has withheld the information relating to the number of deaths because of HIV, and their gender, in order to protect their privacy. The leak comes just a week after Singapore's privacy watchdog slapped penalties totaling to $1 million on two companies – Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) and SingHealth – for a June 2018 breach which compromised the personal information of 1.5 million patients, including that of the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other ministers. Who leaked this data According to the government's statement, an HIV positive US Citizen, Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, who lived in Singapore from 2008 was behind the leak. The health ministry said that the data is still in his possession, even though access to the database has been disabled. 33-year-old Brochez was convicted and jailed for fraud and drug-related offences in 2016, and deported from Singapore last year. Brochez's fraud conviction was related to him lying about his HIV status to the Singapore…
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