Singapore tackles 'cyber terror'
Singapore has passed strict new legislation to protect the country’s computer systems from attack. The government has said the legislation was necessary because of the damage that computer hacking can cause. The laws allow the monitoring of all computer activity and “pre-emptive” action, though an official said they would be used “sparingly”. Some members of parliament said the measures could be open to abuse, with threats to individual liberty. Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Ho Peng Ke, said the law aimed to fight “cyber terrorism.” He said it would be used mainly against threats to national security and essential services like banking and finance. “Instead of a backpack of explosives, a terrorist can create just as much devastation by sending a carefully engineered packet of data into the computer systems which control the network for essential services, for example the power stations,” Mr Ho said. Full Story