Cyber attacks: A battle against a nameless, ever-changing foe

The cyber attack on SingHealth is a reminder of the multifaceted challenges in the fight against hackers. It is a never-ending battle as the tactics change and assume new forms with every patch and parry to keep them at bay.
The cyber attack on SingHealth is a reminder of the multifaceted challenges in the fight against hackers. It is a never-ending battle as the tactics change and assume new forms with every patch and parry to keep them at bay.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

The SingHealth cyber attack is a reminder of the multifaceted challenges in the fight against hackers. It is a never-ending battle as the tactics change and assume new forms with every patch and parry to keep them at bay.

That the primary target of the attack on SingHealth was the healthcare group's bank of patient data was in a way unsurprising. Medical systems, hospitals and clinics are the natural targets of many cyber attackers because they can obtain so much information in one place at one time - not only a person's address and phone number, but also financial and extremely personal medical information.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'Cyber attacks : A battle against a nameless, ever-changing foe'. Subscribe