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Third-party security breach compromises data of Singapore detected

The personal data of over 30,000 individuals in Singapore was illegally accessed. 

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The personal data of over 30,000 individuals in Singapore was illegally accessed. 

The organization has been accused of breaching third-party security guidelines. There was no single incident reported but there have been three similar incidents happening since March 12. It added that the relevant authorities had been notified of the breach, including the police, Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), and Cyber Security Agency’s Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team. 

E2i’s platform brings together employers and workers, offering various services that include job-matching, skills training, and career guidance. The institute is an initiative of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), the country’s only trade union confederation that comprises, amongst others, 59 unions and five associations. NTUC’s core committee includes Members of Parliament Koh Poh Koon and Heng Chee How. 

The users affected by the breach participated in job fairs, workshops, seminars, etc. Their data were shared with appointed vendors for “relevant employability services purposes”, the institute said. E2i did not elaborate on why it took more than three weeks to announce the breach but said in its statement Monday that it had “taken time” to make an impact assessment given the “complexity” of investigations into the incident. 

The company now has called for transparency and breach test into the illegal activity. There is a suspicion of foul play within the organization, therefore, constant check is required on the third-party policy regulations. It is also working on strengthening the cybersecurity provisions to prevent the company from any such future happenings. 

The latest incident was one of several third-party breaches to have impacted local organizations this year, compromising personal data of 580,000 Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer members and 129,000 Singtel customers

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