05 Jun 2020

Singapore updates contact tracing app to include foreign visitors

Singapore has reportedly updated its contact tracing app to include travelers entering the country as it plans to reopen borders within the near future. The country has also been researching the feasibility of issuing wearable devices to all residents in order to aid in contact tracing efforts. Last month, the

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29 May 2020

Fortune 500 company NTT discloses security breach

On May 7, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) suffered from a security breach that exposed information on 621 customers from its communications subsidiary. The company is the 64th biggest in the world, according to the Fortune 500 list, and is the largest telecommunications company in Japan. NTT stated that they

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10 Apr 2020

Global deaths linked to coronavirus near 100,000

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, global fatalities from COVID-19 are nearing 100,000 as countries continue to implement stricter lockdown measures to halt the spread of the virus. Today is Good Friday, a Christian holiday that is typically celebrated throughout the world by going to services, however, this

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24 Jan 2020

Spreading Chinese Coronavirus Death Toll Rises as More Cities Are Locked Down

China has been combatting the spread of a new strain of coronavirus over the Lunar New Year. On Friday morning, China’s National Health Commission confirmed 830 cases of infection, a 250 person increase since the last count was released by officials a day earlier. 26 men and women have since

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22 Nov 2019

Security lapse exposes personal data of 6,500 Singapore accountants

The Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) sent email messages to parties with an attached folder containing the personal data of over 6,000 accountants. The security lapse was uncovered months later when the Accountancy Commission conducted a review. Information exposed included names, national identification number, date of birth, and employment information. The

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20 Mar 2019

Group-IB: hackers hit hard SEA and Singapore in 2018

Group-IB has released a new study that analyzes cybercrime activity in Southeast Asia, which the company describes as “one of the most actively attacked regions in the world.” Last year, a total of 21 state-backed hacking groups were detected in the region, more than the combined number for the US

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28 Dec 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Enters Into Force without USA on December 30

With Australia’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, the agreement between 11 countries will go into effect at the end of December. Current signatories include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada, while Brunei, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and Malaysia were a part of the

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18 Sep 2018

Next trade war front: export bribery

Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India do not work to prevent corruption by firms, according to studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International. Singapore, China, India, and Hong Kong, accounting for 18% of world exports, are not signatories of the

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23 Jul 2018

Singapore suffers ‘most serious’ data breach, affecting 1.5M healthcare patients including Prime Minister

The personal details of 1.5 million who visited Singapore’s largest group of healthcare institutions were compromised, including those of its current Prime Minister, as part of a “deliberate, targeted, well-planned” cyber attack. Medical records of some 160,000 patients were also compromised. The government has assured patients that records have not

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14 Jun 2018

USB fans for journalists in Singapore: Cyber Security threat?

Journalists at the US-North Korea summit in Singapore were given USB-powered fans, an inclusion causing some alarm from those wary of malware that can be easily transmitted by USB-devices. While it looks like the fans did not include any storage or processing capabilities able to transmit malware, they present an

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