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SingPass breach: time for government agencies to take security more seriously

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8 Jul
2014
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Perhaps the worst thing that can happen after the recent SingPass security breach is to assume it cannot happen again.

This idea that everything is working fine is foolhardy, after news last week that three of the 1,560 compromised SingPass accounts were used to apply for work permits.

Thus it’s disappointing to hear the government saying there are no vulnerabilities with the existing SingPass system. In Parliament yesterday, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim instead repeated the advice to users to strengthen their passwords and be more security-savvy.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, e-government, Singpass,  
 

Report: Cyber crime costs Singapore an estimated S$1.25bn annually

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11 Jun
2014
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Cyber crimes are costing Singapore an estimated S$1.25 billion, as crooks get smarter in activities ranging from market manipulation to cyber espionage, according to security report yesterday.

Published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and sponsored by cybersecurity firm McAfee, it estimated Singapore’s losses to be part of a massive S$445 billion loss incurred by businesses and governments worldwide.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, CSIS, cyber crime, McAfee,  
 

Commentary: SingPass security issues highlight need for two-factor authentication

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5 Jun
2014
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Yet another high-profile security problem has hit e-government services in Singapore, just months after several of the country’s websites were vandalised by hackers.

This time, more than 1,500 SingPass online accounts used to check retirement account balances and file taxes could have been accessed without users’ consent.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, 2FA, cyber crime, e-government, IDA, Singpass,  
 

Microsoft: hackers using deception to overcome improved cybersecurity

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16 May
2014
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Cybercriminals are ditching the old strategy of exploiting software vulnerabilities, choosing instead to rely on deceit and deception, according to a new security report released this week.

This shift in criminal strategy, revealed by Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report, has been attributed to improved cybersecurity and protection offered by newer products.

 
Tagged in: Internet, security, Software, cyber security, malware, Microsoft, Security Intelligence Report,  
 

Stemming the heartbleed

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13 Apr
2014
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The Internet community got a wake-up call last week when news emerged that a bug in a piece of encryption software had been lurking in cyberspace for two years.

Announced last Tuesday, the bug, known as Heartbleed, lets hackers obtain user names, passwords and even encryption keys from websites that use OpenSSL, an open source software used to secure a majority of online communications.

 
Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, google, Internet, open source, security, Software,  
 

The battle against Windows XP

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30 Mar
2014
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From this Tuesday, PCs running the decade-old Windows XP operating system will no longer receive security patches and other updates from Microsoft.

As with all operating systems that have been retired, users who continue to rely on Windows XP will be open to malware and hackers. 

That’s because every new security loophole found and patched in Windows 7 and Windows 8 can potentially be reverse-engineered for Windows XP, which means hackers can wait until they have an opportunity to strike.

 
Tagged in: PCs, security, Singapore, Software,  
 

New two-factor token lets the blind transact securely online

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10 Mar
2014
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There’s now a specially-made token that enables the blind to transact online easily and just as securely as users who rely on regular tokens for funds transfers, buying shares or other Internet activities.

Unveiled today by Singapore-based company Assurity, it is able to read aloud the one-time passwords usually flashed on the small screen of a handheld token. Larger and heavier than regular tokens, it also comes with a registration number embossed in Braille.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, Assurity, OneKey, two-factor authentification,  
 

Q&A: Samsung touts Knox as Android’s entry into the enterprise

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7 Mar
2014
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Samsung started rolling out its Knox security offering for its Android devices here in Singapore last month, in a bid to capture an enterprise market where the Google-based smartphones are still seen by many IT managers as vulnerable loopholes to corporate networks.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, Software, BYOD, Knox, mobile security, Q&A, samsung,  
 

Interpol: long-drawn requests for data pose challenges for cybercrime fighters

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17 Jan
2014
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The time taken to request information from online content providers can make it harder for law enforcement agencies to catch criminals using the Internet for activities such as illegal football betting, according to Interpol.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, cybercrime, digital crime centre singapore, Interpol, NEC, public safety,  
 

Commentary: multiple two-factor tokens are a drag to users

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21 Dec
2013
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If the number of gadgets above seems excessive, then you should see the rest I have stowed in my drawer.

All in, I have seven or eight active tokens – I’ve lost count – used to log on to online banking accounts. Some, I think, are expired, while others I don’t even remember are for which accounts.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Featured, Internet, security, Singapore, Software, 2FA, Assurity, banking tokens, DBS, OCBC, OneKey, UOB,