This Month in Cyber Security (Asia): July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

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

Cyber Crime/Attacks:

  • The websites of six Japanese universities were targeted in cyber attacks. The computer networks of Ehime University, the University of Yamanashi, Fukuoka University, Setsunan University in Osaka, Meijo University in Nagoya and Bunka Gakuen University in Tokyo all came under attack. Ehime University was quoted as saying that some 360 email addresses registered for the campus newsletter may have leaked while Setsunan University probably lost identification numbers to administer its website.
  • Hackers breached motor dealer Eurokars Group’s Singapore Mazda website, but there are no signs so far to suggest information of customers has been compromised. A Turkish-based group called Ayyildiz Tim reportedly hacked into the website around 9 am and placed its logo and a message on the site.
  • The number of cyber attacks against South Korea has surged after it was confirmed that North Korean hackers obtained leaked data from a top Italian hacking software company. As many as 1 million cyber attacks target Korea per day

Cyber Security:

Singapore & South East Asia

  • Boeing opens its first Cyber Analytic Center in Singapore. The Boeing Cyber Analytics Center (BCAC) aims to address the growing need for a better and deeper understanding of the cyber threat environment and impacts to government, industry and academia. 
  • Temasek Poly sets up IT security and forensics hub. The hubs aim to provide students with hands-on training in areas such as IT networking, digital forensics and security operations, in order to increase the pool of trained cyber security specialists.
  • Singapore, UK agree to increase cooperation in cyber security. The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in four areas, including cyber security incident response and cyber security talent development.

Japan

  • The US and Japanese officials will discuss cyber security issues for the third time.The upcoming talks aim to deepen the countries’ shared understanding of respective organizations, policies, and operational architectures as well as reinforce bilateral cooperation.
  • Top abe cybersecurity adviser says Japan could be a global leader in the field.Today’s cybersecurity is a quality revolution waiting to happen, Japan has an opportunity to produce a world-class cybersecurity industry given the country’s strengths in science education, technological skills, and hardworking, selfless spirit. 
  • Japan to train thousands on cyber security ahead of 2020 olympics. Local authorities, schools, SMEs and enterprises, with the ministry, will be trained  to prepare for attacks linked to the Games, such as websites being hacked and ticket sale scams.

China

  • China has adopted a new law that expands the scope of national security legislation to cover everything from cyber security, food and religion, to even outer space and the deep sea.
  • Hong Kong may be part of China, but that hasn’t protected it from Chinese hackers. Chinese hacking group APT30 used custom news articles on topics such as Nepalese foreign affairs, Bhutan politics, and the development of a new Indian aircraft carrier to target government and business institutions in southeast Asia.

India

  • Data Security Council of India focuses on cyber security for digital transformation. Security architects, senior security managers, and decision makers brainstormed on a number of issues, including technology and cyber-security, during the seventh edition of Data Security Council of India (DSCI) best practices meet in Bengaluru.
  • Global cybersecurity company TaaSera launched its India business joining a growing number of cybersecurity firms eyeing India as a growth frontier amid an expected doubling of online crime in the country.

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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