Spread of stolen HIV data can be curbed by following digital trail: Experts

The stolen confidential data on the 14,200 people with HIV included names, contact details and medical information, said the Ministry of Health.
The stolen confidential data on the 14,200 people with HIV included names, contact details and medical information, said the Ministry of Health.PHOTO: REUTERS

Very little can be done to retrieve the stolen data on the 14,200 people with HIV if it has been leaked on the Internet because of how easily files are shared online, said experts.

But monitoring data online and following its trail can curb its spread and the damage it does, they added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'Spread of stolen data can be curbed by following digital trail: Experts'. Subscribe