Revealing identity of SingHealth cyberattacker not in Singapore’s national interest: Iswaran

17-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Revealing the identity of the perpetrator behind Singapore’s worst-ever cyberattack would not be in the Republic’s national interest, said minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity S. Iswaran on Tuesday (15 January).

Delivering his ministerial Statement on the aftermath of the 2018 SingHealth cyberattack, which saw the personal particulars of almost 1.5 million patients stolen from the agency’s database, Iswaran acknowledged that the identity of the attacker was known.

The minister said, “Appropriate action has been taken…But, for national security reasons, I will not comment further.”

Despite being pressed by Members of Parliament Vikram Nair and Cedric Foo the latter noted that “there seems to be a vacuum as far as the sense of justice” Iswaran would not provide more details of the “skilled and sophisticated” attacker.

The 56-year-old instead urged the House to look at the totality of the government’s response to the attack. For example, the incident was revealed “within days”, and extensive measures have been taken to plug the cybersecurity gaps.

“We have to exercise judgement: what is in our national interest, and whether a public attribution serves our best interests.”


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