The state of global cyber warfare

Is Singapore ready for cyber warfare?

On the heels of the SingHealth data breach, Singapore's worst cyber attack, Insight investigates if the country is ready for cyber warfare, even as it works towards becoming a Smart Nation

In the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach, Singapore's Smart Nation push has came under the spotlight.
In the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach, Singapore's Smart Nation push has came under the spotlight. ST ILLUSTRATION: CHNG CHOON HIONG
In the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach, Singapore's Smart Nation push has came under the spotlight.
In the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach, Singapore's Smart Nation push has came under the spotlight. PHOTO: REUTERS

As early as 2016, some SingHealth employees' data such as e-mail addresses and passwords had already been shared on the dark Web, with some attempts made to illegally access SingHealth servers.

Israeli cyber security firm CyberInt detected the illicit activities, and also picked up more dark Web chatter about the possibility of hacking SingHealth in April this year, this time from an Indochina-based threat actor, says its chief executive Amir Ofek.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Is S'pore ready for cyber warfare?'. Subscribe