NEW DELHI: Amid growing use of IT, the government today said it will step up cyber security measures under Digital India programme starting with a Rs 800 crore centre that will help people check and clean their computer system from viruses and other malwares. “We are going to make national cyber coordination centre at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. For this we are carrying out inter-ministerial consultation… It will have capability to tell you that your computer system is infected and will clean that infection as well,” Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a conference on 100-days performance of his ministry.
Customer relationship management giant Salesforce is warning its customers that they may be targeted by the new Dyre or Dyreza malware, which is designed to steal log-in credentials. Dyreza spreads via phishing emails, with malware attachments that are activated via social engineering (convincing users to click on what otherwise appears to be a legitimate attachment).
NEW DELHI: Growing Internet penetration and rising popularity of online banking have made India a favourite among cybercriminals, who target online financial transactions using malware, security solutions provider Trend Micro said. According to the firm, India ranks third after Japan and the U.S. in the tally of countries most affected by online banking malware during the April-June quarter of 2014.
New Zealand’s main internet provider, Spark, suffered a major nationwide failure this weekend after a handful of users found themselves installing malware on their computers when they clicked on links promising nude photos of celebrities. On Aug. 31, a massive hack led to a leak of tons of nude photos of major celebrities. Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kim Kardashian were all victims of the breach after their private images were taken out of their iCloud storage systems and posted to online communities within Reddit and 4chan.
Securitydaily.net reported that it appears Vietnamese retailers were the subject of a massive breach that may have exposed customer credit and debit card information at the start of the holiday season. Based on a preliminary analysis, the agency reports Chinese hackers attacked 289 Vietnamese websites on August 28, 84 websites on September 2 (National Day), and 373 websites on September 4. The attacks also affected government (.gov.vn) and education organizations (.edu.vn).
The NSW Government is rolling out an identity management solution that aims to provide all NSW public servants single sign-on to apps consumed from within its two new data centres. The ‘identity hub’ will manage all NSW Government user identifications, whether used to access government systems or cloud supplier services housed within the NSW Government’s Silverwater and Unanderra data centres.
Star Zest Home Tuition was the first to face the wrath of Singapore’s newly minted Personal Data Protection Act, which officially took full effect on July 2. Now, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi could be next in line. According to a report by Wall Street Journal , a Xiaomi device user has lodged a complaint with regards to receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls from abroad. The source and content of the calls were unclear.
VANCOUVER — DOSarrest Internet Security announced today that they have expanded their DDoS protection cloud into Asia, with a new DDoS mitigation node in Singapore. The new node will work in conjunction with their existing nodes in New York, Los Angeles and London and will have the same connectivity as the others, including multiple 10 Gb/Sec uplinks to multiple carriers. Jag Bains, CTO at DOSarrest states “Having a presence in Asia allows our existing client base to cache and serve traffic closer to Asian visitors for increased performance as well as enabling us to provide excellent web performance and DDoS protection to customer’s servers located in Asia.”
Singapore and China have no security restrictions, according to a newly released report by Forrester. However, regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly from one country to another, posing difficulties for global business. Asian countries including India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand have minimal privacy and data restrictions. Government of Hong Kong and Australia has posed some restrictions in this area but lag behind South Korea. Several business and law enforcement contexts require the collection and use of personal information and data, and Forrester advises organizations to carefully govern the handling of such data to protect individuals’ privacy rights.
Cloud-based managed security service provider (MSSP) SilverSky today announced a new partnership with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corp. (CTC), a Tokyo-based IT solutions provider. CTC will leverage SilverSky’s technology to deliver managed security services to its customers as part of the agreement. SilverSky said the partnership also will enable both companies to capitalize on the rapidly growing managed security services market in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
BOSTON: China has excluded US-based Symantec Corp and Russia’s Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved antivirus software vendors, according to a Chinese media report suggesting Beijing is expanding efforts to limit use of foreign technology. The state-controlled People’s Daily reported the news early Sunday on its English Twitter feed, saying that the government’s procurement agency “has excluded Symantec & Kaspersky” from a list of security software suppliers.
BANGALORE, INDIA: In June Kaspersky Lab registered an increase in fraudulent messages sent on behalf of booking services. These fake notifications imitate hotel booking confirmations or air tickets and usually contain Trojan spyware masked as bills for reservations. US video game maker Electronic Arts was at the center of a major scam last month as phishers used fake notifications in an attempt to access users’ personal accounts in the company’s online store Origin.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Security vendor revenue (hardware, software and services) in India will grow from $882 million in 2013 to $953 million in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Security spending will continue to grow in 2015 when revenue is projected to reach $1.06 billion. Security services (that includes consulting, implementation, support and managed security services) revenue accounted for more than 55 percent of this total revenue in 2013 and this trend will continue into the foreseeable future.
On July 19, Vietnamese learned that Redmi Note, a Chinese Xiaomi’s smartphone model, contained spyware. Some days later, they heard that not only Xiaomi’s products, but many Chinese mobile devices available in the Vietnamese market contain spyware as well. So Hoa, a website updating technology news site, reported that when conducting experiment with a Redmi Note device, the smartphone always creates the connection to the IP address 42.62.xx.xx. The address has been defined as connecting with a server located in China.
NEW DELHI: India should be more aware of cyber security threats and the time to act in this regard is now, an Israeli security solutions firm has said even as it averred that the two countries have many common “opponents”. “I believe India should be more aware of cyber threats. I am sure that once India will be aware of cyber threats, the necessary steps would be taken,” Zori Kor, vice president of Israeli firm ASERO Worldwide, said here.
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software. Initial police investigations showed that the Viet Hong Company’s malicious software used on digital devices to collect personal information was being used by wives and husbands to keep track of their partners. A lawyer, an IT expert, a psychologist and members of the public talked about the issue.
Tokyo police on Thursday arrested a systems engineer accused of stealing millions of customer names from the computer database of a large education firm to sell them for profit. Masaomi Matsuzaki, a 39-year-old temporary staffer, was arrested for violation of the unfair competition prevention law, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said. Matsuzaki allegedly copied personal data related to at least 7.6 million customers of Benesse, the parent company of Berlitz language schools in Japan.
BEIJING: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone’s ability to track and time-stamp a user’s location. The “frequent locations” function, which can be switched on or off by users, could be used to gather “extremely sensitive data”, and even state secrets, said Ma Ding, director of the Institute for Security of the Internet at People’s Public Security University in Beijing.
China Central Television (CCTV), citing a report by an online security expert, said the iPhone’s ability to track location and record time can be used to collect and analyze data on the Chinese economy and even “state secrets.” The influential state broadcaster was referring to data stored in iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” feature, which it claimed can be rooted out and used in nefarious activities. Although CCTV does not necessarily represent the views of top officials in Beijing, the broadcaster has proven to exert influence on businesses.
TOKYO: Japan has seen a surge in cases of irregular access to government computer systems and cyberattacks on operators of critical social infrastructure, and Tokyo is considering ways to respond, a top official said on Thursday. Japan is striving to harness information technology to help revive the economy as well as looking to bolster cybersecurity in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.