A 34-year-old male M. F. Brochez (full name Micky Forrera Brochez) was convicted by a Kentucky court in June. The reason was that Mr. M. F. Brochez tried to extort the Singapore government using the stolen data.
Brochez, who will have to spend two years in jail, received the data from his partner (also a Singaporean doctor). The database consisted of the names and addresses of 14,200 people, who were diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS. Not only that, the whole list was uploaded online and was accessible to every internet user.
The data leak received lots of attention because of conservative Singapore society, as lots of people obviously keep this kind of information very secure and private.
As mentioned at the beginning, Brochez was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Not only that, he will be supervised for three years after his release.
M. F. Brochez was previously jailed in 2016, because he was lying about his HIV status, fraud, and drug-related offenses. The reason why he was judged in Kentucky is that he sent all the information to his mother, from who he retrieved the information once he got back to the US.
As a reminder, this sensitive information data leak was the second time this year once something similar happened. One year ago, data about 1.5 million Singaporeans health information was stolen by hackers.