SingHealth warns of fake texts following news of recent cyberattack

A recent emergence of text messages telling people that their phone number, financial information and medical records have been compromised has been debunked as fake by SingHealth.

It posted the warning on his Facebook page just hours after news broke that hackers had stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients in Singapore's worst cyber attack.

The hackers had accessed the outpatient prescriptions of 160,000 people, including that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon and a few ministers.

In its Facebook post, SingHealth said:

"We have been made aware that some people have received the fake text (SMS) message below.

"Please not that this is NOT from SingHealth.

"Please be assured that NO phone number, financial information, or other patient medical records have been illegally accessed."

It added that members of the public can check if they have been affected by visiting the SingHealth website or using the Health Buddy mobile app with their SingPass login.