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The Singapore Red Cross breach compromised data of more than 4,000 blood donors


On May 16, 2019, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) revealed in a statement that a data breach leaked the information of 4,297 potential blood donors. Information that may have been compromised includes names, contact numbers, email addresses, blood types, appointment dates and times, and locations where donors were interested in donating at.

What exactly happened.

On May 8, 2019, an employee at the SRC detected unauthorized access on the database that stores information collected from interested donors using a form on their website. SRC immediately took steps to analyze the extent of the damage and fixed it. Fortunately, no other information was compromised in the breach.

On the same day the breach was detected, the SRC contacted the Personal Data Protection Commission and the Health Sciences Authority; they also notified all of the affected candidates. With the help of a third-party cybersecurity team, the SRC is taking steps to enhance their security protocols to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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