28 Feb '17, 6am

Mindef Internet system hacked, personal data of 850 personnel stolen

Mindef Internet system hacked, personal data of 850 personnel stolen

SINGAPORE — A cyber attack on the system used at military premises to access the Internet has resulted in the theft of the personal data of about 850 national servicemen and Ministry of Defence (Mindef) employees. The unprecedented breach, which took place in early February, was described by Mindef as appearing to be “targeted and carefully planned”, possibly with the intention of stealing official secrets. While classified military information was not compromised — this is stored on a separate and more secure system which is not connected to the World Wide Web — the personal data of I-net account holders comprising NRIC numbers, telephone numbers, and dates of births were stolen, said Mindef on Tuesday (Feb 28), as it apologised for the “inconvenience and potential harm” caused by the breach. The I-net system provides Internet access to national servicemen as well as empl...

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