January 28, 2019 (Monday) Singapore: A leakage on data and information online in Singapore’s records of their patients with HIV. This has been one of the most crucial and confidential leakages that have ever happened online from the patient’s name, phone numbers, identification numbers, and other essential details were all out on the internet. It reached some 5,400 HIV-positive Singaporean’s medical information according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
According to the authorities, Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, a former Singaporean resident who is also HIV-positive, leaked the file. This criminal act by Brochez seemed to be a rebel against Singapore since he was imprisoned last year in May due to falsification of his medical records.
Singapore has a strict law about barring HIV-positive foreigners to enter and work in their country in the year 2016 and Brochez is one those who broke the law. Brochez’s criminal case together with his partner Ler Teck Siang was when they switched blood samples for police filing to cover up Brochez’s HIV status; both admitted that they did it. His partner was the former head of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore named Ler and reportedly gained access to Singapore’s HIV records through him. They are also unable to reach Brochez to give his statement regarding the leakage.
Although, the authorities have not yet revealed where and how the information and data are being shared and leaked online. The police also made it clear that they will prosecute anyone who is found to be sharing the leaked information and data of the HIV Registry under OSA.
Singaporean authorities are already reaching out to the people whose names and other information were included in the leakage.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is a virus that attacks a person’s immune system which will lead to severe, life-threatening conditions. It damages the human body by making it susceptible to other infection and diseases. HIV is transmitted through sexual contact with an HIV-positive individual which may cause a threat to the community once there is no proper medication done to the infected person.
Singapore is known to be one of the most beautiful countries for vacation and work and implementing such law is just the right thing to do. The Police are still trying to figure out how and why he always had parts of the records and fortunately may solve the issue right away.