SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An HIV-positive American has leaked online the names of 14,200 Singaporeans and foreigners also diagnosed in the city-state with the human immunodeficiency virus, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
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U.S. Citizen Mikha Farrera Brochez lived in Singapore from 2008 and was convicted in 2017 of numerous drug-related and fraud offenses, including lying to the Ministry of Manpower about his own HIV status, Health Ministry said.
He was deported after serving his jail term and was now overseas, according to the statement, which did not say where.
Brochez was HIV-positive and he used his Singaporean partner's blood sample to pass blood tests so he could work in Singapore, the ministry said. His partner had previously had access to the HIV registry for his work, the ministry said.
Brochez was in possession of the information that appeared to be from the HIV registry, the ministry said. The statement did not say how Brochez obtained the data or suggested a reason for leaking it online but only that the partner was believed to have "mishandled" the information.
The leaked records relate to 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV to January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed to December 2011.
Brochez is currently under police investigation, and authorities are seeking assistance from their foreign counterparts, according to the ministry statement, which did not specify any country.
Reuters could not immediately reach Brochez for comment.
The ministry said it had worked with the "relevant parties" to disable access to the information. It did not say where it was leaked online.
The leak comes just months after Singapore revealed the worst cyber attack in its history after hackers infiltrated the government health database. The HIV information leak was not related to the cyber breach.
Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Nick Macfie