This Month in Cyber Security (Asia): September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Cyber Crime/Attacks:

  • Apple’s App Store infected with XcodeGhost malware in China. This is the first major attack on the iOS store. 
  • Hacked Uber accounts charge users for trips in China. Compromised Uber accounts have been sold on and are being used in China for free rides.

Cyber Security:

Singapore & South East Asia

  • A consortium has won a multimillion-dollar bulk tender to tighten Singapore’s defence against attacks that aim to disable government websites.
  • Identity theft and ATM-related fraud are the top security concerns for Asian consumers, including those in Singapore, according to new findings by MasterCard.
  • Accel Systems and Technologies – cyber security startup – is among 50 fastest growing company in Singapore
  • Singtel aiming to be global player in cyber security after its acquisition of US-based Trustwave
  • Deloitte opens cyber security centre in Malaysia
  • The Cyber Security Show 2015, Terrapin was held from 22 Sep 2015 to 23 Sep 2015 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center


  • In an effort to safeguard customers around the world, a group of security experts from IBM Security X-Force has recently uncovered what they call Shifu – the Japanese term for “thief” – a new banking virus targeting the clients of Japanese banks as well as platforms.
  • Japan’s NEC Corporation has signed an agreement with an Indonesian government agency to collaborate on developing cyber security capabilities in the southeast Asian nation.
  • Japan Pension Service Hack on May 2015 Forces New Strategy on cyber security


  • US, Chinese officials meet on cyber security issues at the White House. Cyber security has been a divisive issue between Washington and Beijing, with the United States accusing Chinese hackers of attacks on U.S. computers, a charge China denies.
  • Cyber security company CloudFlare, a San Francisco-based start-up, has raised $110m as it tries to expand into new markets, with strategic investments from China’s Baidu, Google Capital, Microsoft, and chipmaker Qualcomm.


  • India and Australia on 2 Sep 15 discussed intelligence sharing, combating international terrorism, cyber security and better working relations for border and maritime security.
  • India and the US on Tuesday (Sep 22) signed a joint declaration on combating terrorism, part of the US-India Security and Commercial Dialogue in Washington DC. Cybersecurity and terror financing were also discussed figured in the security talks.
  • Analysts explore cyber security trends during the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, September 1-2, in Mumbai. One which, Internet of Things (IoT) was the main topic of discussion.

ashleeAbout 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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