SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An HIV-positive American leaked online the names of 14,200 residents from Singapore and foreigners, who were also diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus in the city-state, the health ministry said Monday.
A view of the Singapore skyline on October 1
US. Citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez has lived in Singapore since 2008 and was convicted in 2017 of numerous drug-related and fraud-related crimes. Among other things, he had lied to the Ministry of Labor for his own HIV status.
After he had served his sentence, he was deported and was, according to statements, overseas, where it was not said where.
Brochez was HIV positive and used the blood sample from his Singapore partner to pass blood tests so he could work in Singapore, according to the ministry. His partner previously had access to the HIV registry for his work, the ministry said.
Brochez had information that seemed to come from the HIV registry, the ministry said. The statement did not say how Brochez received the data, or suggested a motive to spread it online, but only that the partner "mistreated" the information.
The leaked records refer to 5,400 Singapore-diagnosed Singaporeans in Singapore by January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed by December 2011.
Brochez is currently being investigated by the police, and the authorities are seeking assistance from their foreign counterparts to the Ministry's statement, in which no country has been specified.
Reuters failed to reach Brochez for comment.
The ministry said it has worked with the "relevant parties" to block access to the information. It did not say where it was leaked online.
The leak came just months after Singapore uncovered the worst cyber attack in its history after hackers infiltrated the government's healthcare database. The HIV information leak was not related to the cyber violation.
coverage by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Nick Macfie