SAM website breached, 13 schools hacked

SAM website breached, 13 schools hacked

SINGAPORE - About 4,000 individuals had their personal information compromised in a recent episode of data theft here.

This was revealed on the same day that the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that 13 school websites had been defaced.

In a media release yesterday, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) said that individual records kept in a data file on its website had been illegally uploaded and published on a New Zealand-based server.

The data file comprised names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and, in some instances, nationalities of individuals who had participated in the museum's events this year and in 2011.

The museum lodged a police report after it was alerted to the incident by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) on Nov 5. The Web page containing the data file was taken down within two hours after IDA notified the site administrator.

MyPaper understands that the data file was uploaded and published on www.mega.co.nz, a file-sharing service launched by indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

SAM's director, Dr Susie Lingham, said: "We take this very seriously. We have also apologised to the affected individuals and sought their understanding on this matter."

Those whose identities have been leaked could be spammed. They also need to be wary of cybercriminals assuming their identities, said Mr David Siah, country manager of IT security firm Trend Micro Singapore.

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