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Insecure Database Exposes 800,000 Singapore Blood Donors


The personal informationof808,201 blood donorswho registered to donate since 1986 in Singapore wasexposed after the database which contained it was left unprotected on an Internet-facing serverfor more than two months.

According to The Straits Times who first reported the data leak incident, Singapore's Health Sciences Authority (HSA) received the initial report on March 13 from the security expert who discovered the unsecured database.

The HSA said in a notification sent to the affected donorsthat Secur Solutions Group Pte Ltd (SSG), an HSA vendor, was the company which failed to appropriately protect the database against access over the internet:

SSG provides services to HSA and was working on a database containing registration-related information of 808,201 blood donors: Name, NRIC, gender, number of blood donations, dates of the last three blood donations, and in some cases, blood type, height and weight. The database contained no other sensitive, medical or contact...(continued)

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