Cyber attackers goal Singapore Defence Ministry, however no secrets and techniques discovered | Information


SINGAPORE Cyber attackers have stolen fundamental private knowledge from about 850 Singapore nationwide servicemen and staff in a potential try to entry official secrets and techniques, the Defence Ministry stated on Tuesday.

The ministry detected the breach this month within the I-net system that permits web browsing utilizing devoted laptop terminals on protection ministry and Singapore Armed Forces premises, the ministry stated in an announcement.

No categorised army data was saved on I-net, the ministry stated.

“The assault on I-net gave the impression to be focused and punctiliously deliberate,” it stated.

“The true goal could have been to realize entry to official secrets and techniques, however this was prevented by the bodily separation of I-net from our inner techniques.”

Stolen knowledge included phone numbers, dates of delivery and nationwide ID numbers, it stated. The ministry advised the Cyber Safety Company and the Authorities Know-how Company to research different authorities techniques, however no different breaches had been detected.

Final 12 months, Singapore kick-started a course of to separate the work computer systems of its public servants from the web as a protection in opposition to potential cyber assaults.

However even earlier than that, some ministries, together with the protection and the overseas affairs ministries, had been utilizing separate techniques for net browsing.

(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Enhancing by Nick Macfie)