U.S. citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez lived in Singapore from 2008 and was convicted in 2017 on numerous drug-related and fraud offences, including lying to the Ministry of Manpower about his own HIV status, the statement said.
The American was remanded in prison in June 2016, and sentenced to 28 months in jail for fraud and drug-related offences in 2017. The HIV information leak was not related to the cyber breach.
The personal records of 14 200 HIV patients in Singapore were found to have been stolen and leaked online by a United States man, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
The records contained individuals' names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, test results and a slew of other health information. Local media reports suggest that 900 affected persons have been contacted so far.
"We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident", the statement said.
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.
This latest incident comes months after a major cyberattack on Singapore's government health database saw hackers steal the medical information of some 1.5 million people, including that of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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The leaked records belonged to 5 400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed with HIV up until December 2011, the ministry said. Although the Ministry contacted the affected individuals, the public was not informed of this discovery. "We have worked with the relevant parties to disable access to the information".
In a statement, the health ministry blamed Ler for the breach, accusing him of not complying with the policies regarding the handling of confidential data.
Authorities have since launched an investigation into Brochez, and are seeking assistance from "foreign counterparts" to aid in their efforts. "Police will not hesitate to take stern action, including prosecution, against those who have breached the OSA", said a spokesman. His partner previously had access to the HIV registry for his work, it said. He also was charged under Singapore's Official Secrets Act for failing to adopt reasonable care with confidential data regarding HIV-positive patients.
MOH found out in May 2018, after Brochez had been deported, that he still had part of the records he had in 2016.
"The information has been illegally disclosed online".
On Jan 22 this year, MOH was notified by the police that Brochez may still have more information from the HIV Registry, and had leaked it online.
May 2016: MOH lodged a police report after receiving information that Farrera-Brochez possessed information which appeared to be from the HIV Registry. Ler was sentenced to 24 months in jail, but has since filed an appeal, which is expected to be heard in March.