This Month in Cyber Security (Asia): August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Here’s our latest roundup of cyber security news and content surrounding Asia.

cyber security in asiaCyber Crime/Attacks:

  • Security at the information networks of 10 vital public-sector agencies is being tightened after hacktivist group Anonymous Malaysia threatened to launch an “all-out Internet war” against the government.
  • Affected Ashley Madison users could risk their jobs or be blackmailed or scammed. A check by The Straits Times showed there were 4,003 e-mail addresses with the “.sg” suffix.
  • A total of 713 websites in Vietnam were targeted by cyber criminals between August 1 and August 7. The national center for computer emergency response reported that 357 of them, including 18 websites of Vietnamese government agencies, were defaced.
  • Anonymous attacks Taiwan government and party websites. Hacktivist collective Anonymous Asia attacked government and political party websites yesterday in a gesture of support for students protesting against Education Ministry plans to change curriculum guidelines. 

Cyber Security:

Singapore & South East Asia

  • Singapore’s insecure internet servers swarming with cyber scams. Singapore is a hotbed for cyber scams because of the country’s relatively underdeveloped internet infrastructure. A report by BMI Research showed that online shoppers are particularly at risk.
  • For Singapore businesses, protecting customers information will soon be mandated as more are calling for the reporting of data breaches.
  • Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister says the Home Team needs a multi-pronged approach to tackle security challenges on both local and external fronts.
  • Police are working to tighten the security of vital government departments after hacktivist group Anonymous Malaysia threatened to launch a cyber attack against them and other public sectors on August 29. 

Japan

  • On 12 Aug 15, Yahoo Japan announced its use of SSL certificate on its search engine in a step towards privacy protection. The address of the search page was changed from HTTP to HTTPS.
  • Cybersecurity is the latest Israeli export to Japan. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced that it has signed a contract to supply Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) of Tokyo with a training program for “cyber” warriors.

China

  • United States National Security Adviser Susan Rice will arrive in Beijing for a two-day trip aimed at working through tensions over cyber attacks, the South China Sea and the financial turmoil ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington
  • China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced that it has arrested 15,000 people for alleged crimes that “jeopardize internet security,” as the government cracks down on illegal online activities and tightens its control over the country’s internet.

India

  • The United States and India held a joint Cyber Dialogue in Washington, the fourth in the series, led by the U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta. The delegation discussed cyber issues related to cyber threats, cyber incident management, cyber security cooperation, combatting cybercrime, cybersecurity capacity-building, Internet governance and international security. The next round of Cyber Dialogue will be held in New Delhi next year.

ashlee About Ashlee Ang

Ashlee is a content writer at Cyber Secure Asia where she writes about introductory topics on cyber security and cyber-related happenings in Singapore & South East Asia.

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