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.
WeChat isn’t just used by friends for messaging – in China it’s also used by more than two million bloggers, celebrities, media outlets, small companies, and major brands to reach out to people. Trouble is, WeChat has a huge problem with fake brand accounts. While the best way for a WeChat user to add a brand’s official account is via a QR code – which are plastered over nearly every major store in China – there are still many cases in which a user might search within the app for a certain brand account. That’s when the user will find it’s a disaster zone.
Identity management company, Centrify, has recruited channel specialist, Niall King, in a bid to expand its footprint in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. King’s appointment as senior director APAC sales will see the company place a stronger focus on North Asia. Centrify’s stronger push into Asia Pacific follows its May announcement that it had raised $42 million in funding from strategic investors including Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and Docomo Capital.
Experts voiced their concern over the recent case of a private firm, which sold software that allowed a few hundred customers to spy on more than 14,000 private cell phones users. Viet Hong Company, based in Ha Noi’s Thanh Xuan District, advertises its Ptracker app that helps users track other people’s Android phones, read their SMS messages and contact books and record their phone calls. The app can even turn on features like camera, 3G or GPRS connections of the target devices from the tracker phone.
As firms increasingly do more business online, the risks they face from IT sabotage have also grown, with liabilities ranging from business interruption and regulatory fines for losing customers data to legal action and reputational loss. Stella Tse, managing director and financial and professional liability practice leader for Asia at Marsh, says: “The direct and indirect costs of data breaches are growing exponentially, with business interruption, lost market value and remediation expenses just some of the consequences.”
Fledging co-operation between the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground to a halt since the recent US indictment of Chinese military officials on hacking charges, a senior US security official said today. At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese hackers’ efforts to break into US networks, the official said. In May, the Justice Department charged five Chinese military members with hacking the systems of US companies to steal trade secrets, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-US working group on cyber issues. China denies the charges and has in turn accused Washington of massive cyber spying.