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.
Mobile application management (MAM) is seeing increased adoption levels as enterprises seek solutions more flexible than traditional mobile device management (MDM). Currently, MDM solutions comprise over 60% of enterprise mobility management solution users; however, by the end of 2019, MDM share will drop to a bit more than 30% and MAM will command the lion’s share at over 60%. Thanks to large growth in the Asia-Pacific region, MAM will supplant MDM as the preferred enterprise choice.
TOKYO, June 19 — Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, was urging people to change their passwords today as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorised access were confirmed between late May and June 14, including three that involved cash trades resulting in financial loss, a Line spokesman told AFP, without providing further details.
The owner of Nhat Huy Mobile shop in HCM City, which distributed iPhone products, said a recent visitor to the shop logged in with his personal iCloud account and then left. The operation allowed him to “hijack” the mobile phone. In this case, though the phone was still usable, it could easily have been controlled by the ID owner from a distance, who could have locked the phone or erased all the data. As soon as discovering that the iPhone was “infected” with a strange account, he immediately “tracked down” the guest, the ID owner. He finally found the guest after learning his email and called for assistance on Facebook.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — CyberSecurity Malaysia today launched the Outlet MyCyberSecurity Clinic (MyCSC), an initiative to provide services related to cyber security. In a statement today, CyberSecurity said they included digital forensic services, recovery of data, repair of hard disc and advisory services regarding cyber security and Internet. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, launched the services, it said.
CHENNAI: Finnish company F-Secure Corporation is looking at small and medium enterprises (SME) in India for its security software solutions as a service, a top official of its Indian subsidiary said. He said the company would offer its security solutions on software as service (SaaS) model to SMEs based on cloud platform. It is also tying up with mobile phone retail chains to bundle its security solutions with the handsets.
Tasmanian police are investigating how vandals managed to cut Telstra cables in three locations in one suburb on Wednesday night, causing significant disruption to the local network. The vandalism is the latest in a series of attacks on Telstra property in the state, with two of the areas targeted on Wednesday having been hit three times in as many months.
Many iPhone users in Australia and the US had accounts hacked recently because they used their iPhone accounts with some online services. Meanwhile, Vietnamese have been spared from the incident because few of them use these services. Ngo Tuan Anh, vice president of BKAV, a well known internet security expert, said that a series of online services had been attacked recently. From the affected accounts of the online services, the attackers logged into iCloud.com and hacked iPhones.
The virus called “SMS Trojans” has been sending SMS texts to premium-rate numbers, causing losses of VND3.9 billion for subscribers every day. According to the recently published BKAV Security Bulletin (No2/ 2014), in the first five months of 2014, BKAV detected 621,000 new malwares, compared to 528,000 in the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, every day, as many as 262,000 smartphones in Viet Nam are being infected with “SMS Trojans causing losses worth VND3.9 billion to phone owners.
SINGAPORE: Banks and financial services companies in Singapore are increasing their spending on cyber-security to keep IT systems safe from attacks, with 60 per cent indicating they will up such expenditure this year compared to 2013, according to recruitment firm Robert Half. Singapore’s average of 60 per cent of financial institutions indicating increased IT security spending in 2014 was the highest percentage of the six markets surveyed, well above the global average of 50 per cent, it added.