03 Aug 2021

Chinese APTs strike major telecommunications companies

Researchers at Cybereason Nocturnus recently published a report disclosing three cyber espionage campaigns seeming to come from China targeting networks belonging to major telecommunications companies. The attackers are referred to as DeadRinger in the report and are believed to be working for Chinese state interests. The cybersecurity firm reported that

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07 May 2021

Grab’s Huge SPAC Merger Heralds Asia’s Next Tech Boom

GrabHoldings Inc.’s record-breaking deal to go public via a SPAC is a big moment for Southeast Asia’s technology industry. Venture capital funds have poured billions of dollars into the Southeast Asia region, and few of those investments have resulted in large listings or takeovers. Gaming and e-commerce group Sea Ltd

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19 Feb 2020

Chinese hackers have breached online betting and gambling sites

Cybersecurity firms Talent Jump and Trend Micro have confirmed that a group of professional Chinese hackers have been targeting gambling and online betting websites in a hacking campaign. The campaign started in the summer of 2019 and attacks have been officially confirmed in Southeast Asia, while rumors of additional hacks

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08 Jan 2020

Cryptojacking Drops by 78% in Southeast Asia After INTERPOL Action

After intervention coordinated by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the number of routers infected with coin miners in Southeast Asia dropped by 78%. INTERPOL is an inter-governmental organization that joins police forces from 194 countries in combating crime in various regions across the globe. INTERPOL’s operation in Southeast Asia

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10 Sep 2019

Public Exposure Does Little to Slow China-Based Thrip APT

Symantec warns that in the past year, Chinese cyber-espionage group Thrip has launched successful campaigns against no less than 12 military, telecom and satellite organizations across Southeast Asia. Evidently, a 2018 report by Symantec detailing Thrip’s activities has done little to deter the group. Thrip has adopted new malware in

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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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02 Jan 2019

Bangladesh’s economic gains marred by plunge into autocratic rule

“Ever since Bangladesh became an independent state in 1971, its political life has suffered several types of seemingly endemic conflict, some of it associated with periodic outbursts of violence or prolonged and relatively low-key armed confrontations. Currently, Bangladesh has an ‘abnormal crisis’ – political violence and widespread harassment of opponents

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06 Sep 2018

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

While little research on the subject is available, open-source research suggests a number of important demographic developments in terrorism across the Southeast Asian region. Understanding these demographics is essential, as they can provide insight into how to combat terrorist efforts in a given geography, from recruitment to operations. In Southeast

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31 Aug 2018

Missing Iridium poses dirty bomb threat: Enhancing regional nuclear security in Southeast Asia

“The recent case of a missing radioactive device in Malaysia highlights the significance of nuclear security in Southeast Asia. Enhancing nuclear security cooperation is needed to address Southeast Asia’s nuclear security challenges and weak nuclear security culture. An industrial device containing radioactive material reported missing by Malaysian authorities on 20

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07 Jun 2018

Family terrorism is Southeast Asia’s newest threat, defense officials warn

A growing number of terror attacks and suicide bombings have been carried out by families, including children, in Indonesia, in a worrying new trend for the region that has struggled to contain radicalization. In one case this May, a family of six, including two children under the age of 12,

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