A huge cyber attack on Singapore’s government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5m people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the government said today. The “deliberate, targeted and well-planned,” attack aimed at patients who visited clinics between May 2015 and 4 July this year, the Health Ministry said in a statement. “It was not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs,” the ministry said, adding that the attackers targeted details about Lee and the medicines he received. Read more: Watchdogs push City to plan for failure amid 'hostile' cyber environment “The attackers specifically and repeatedly targeted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s personal particulars and information on his outpatient dispensed medicines,” it said. Sheena Jacob, a lawyer at Singaporean firm JurisAsia an affiliate of UK firm Gowling WLG, said: “This cyber attack affecting many Singaporeans brings home the fact that such … [Read more...] about Massive cyber attack in Singapore steals details of 1.5m including Prime Minister
Cyber security in hospitals
Medical records are among the most sensitive data kept about people, with millions of patients at risk for privacy breach and lapse in medical care. Rostislav_Sedlacek/Shutterstock Hospital data is some of the most sensitive to cyber attacks — networks keep medical records for millions of patients and electronic devices keep patients alive by monitoring vital signs, administering medications, and pumping blood. After data breaches in hospitals at the University of Washington Medicine's network and the UCLA Health system, the healthcare industry is in dire need of solutions for cyber security. Every hospital faces similar challenges — numerous devices on the facility's network, aligning medical staff on best security practices, and low standards at the federal and state levels. Like any large company, a modern hospital has hundreds — even thousands — of workers using countless computers, smartphones and other electronic devices thatare … [Read more...] about Hospitals are at risk of getting hit with cyber attacks — and patients’ lives could be in danger
The 35 million people who saw Skyfall back in 2012 were in for a treat – thrills, tension, and a spectacular hacking attempt against the UK public sector. While many have picked up on the evident flaws in the Bond version of MI6’s approach to cyber security, the film provokes an interesting reminder that in our rush to digitise public services, there is certainly more to be done in ensuring that these services are secure. Cloud adoption in the public sector has risen to 78% in the UK in 2017 according to the Cloud Industry Forum. This is encouraging in showing that the public sector is moving towards adopting digital cloud-based technologies, but it is debatable whether the current cyber-security protocols are up to date for this new type of environment. Public sector BYOD These days most employees in both public and private firms have at least two devices connected to the company network – a personal phone and a work computer, often a laptop. While the … [Read more...] about Digital transformation in the public sector: balancing the risks with data-driven cyber security
More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in mid-September, five of the island’s 69 hospitals remained closed. Of the 64 hospitals operating fully or partially, only 17 were connected to the power grid, the governor’s office said at the time. The vast majority relied on generators to power electronic health records (EHRs) systems and other IT tools, medical equipment, storage refrigerators, and utilities.Just weeks earlier, Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas and Louisiana coasts, forcing at least 16 hospitals in Texas to close in the storm’s immediate aftermath, and necessitating relocation of as many as 1,000 patients to hospitals and other medical facilities across the state. Shortly after Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma ravaged the Florida Keys and coastline, resulting in the tragic deaths of 12 residents of a nursing home that lost power.These storms are sobering reminders to healthcare professionals that downtime literally can be … [Read more...] about Disaster Recovery and Contingency Plans Are Critical to Healthcare Cyber Security
Cyber warfare is upon us, from interference in elections to a leak of cyber weapons from a national stockpile. And, as with most evolutions in warfare, the world is largely unprepared. Cyber peacekeeping presents significant challenges, which we explore in our research. Any theatre of war now includes cyberspace. It has been used in targeted attacks to disable an adversary’s capabilities, such as Stuxnet, where Iran’s ability to enrich weapon-grade Uranium was disrupted. It can also be exploited in traditional warfare through electronic interference with intelligence and communication systems. With little to guide nations and scant experience to build upon, many states are having to learn the hard way. In the context of warfare, it takes a long time to understand the impact of new technologies. One only need look at the example of landmines to see why. Once considered a legitimate weapon to stifle enemy movement, most countries now agree that landmines are indiscriminate … [Read more...] about Where are our cyber peacekeeping forces?