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US man steals & leaks HIV+ status, personal info & sex partners of 14,200 patients in Singapore

An HIV positive US expat is on the run after he reportedly stole and leaked the HIV-status of 14, 200 people, their contact details and names of their sex partners from a Singaporean health database.

The American has spent more than two years in a Singaporean correctinal facility for a number of crimes which include lying about his own HIV status, and appears to be on revenge mission against the world.

The Singaporean Ministry of Health said in a statement that he leaked the names of 14,200 patients, their HIV test results, phone contacts,addresses, ID numbera, and other vital medical information like names and phone numbers of 2,00 of their sex partners.

Singapore authorities, also added that Mikhy K Farrera Brochez had obtained the confidential information through his Singaporean partner Ler Teck Siang, who is a doctor with access to Ministry of Health database. Futhermore, the records were said to have been stolen sometime before 2016, but leaked after Brochez was deported from Singapore. The ministry added that they were “progressively reachong out to the individuals” concerned to inform them they had been doxxed.

Brochez was deported from the country in May 2018, after serving a 28-month prison sentence for “numerous fraud and drug-related offenses,” including lying about his own HIV-positive status to the Ministry of Manpower to obtain an employment pass in 2008. The American used a blood sample from his partner, Doctor Siang, as his own to secure a work permit in 2008. According to Singaporean law, HIV-positive foreigners are not allow to get employment visas or permanent resident status in Singapore, and until 2016 were barred from the country entirely.

The ministry has asked for assistance from “their foreign partners” in trackking down Mr Brochez, noting he is “currently under police investigation for various offenses.” However, his collaborator Siang remains in Singapore, where he is in the process of appealing a 24-month sentence for illegally aiding Brochez to getting employment.

Singaporean officials have assured the Singaporean public that they had installed additional security measures to protect patients’ health data in 2016, three years after Brochez stole the HIV files. Just last year, however, personal health information of over 1.5 million patients was again stolen in the largest-ever hack of Singapore’s public health system – which included the file of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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