Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan.  In response to the order the US-based social networking site revealed IP addresses — a string of numbers identifying the computer being used — connected to two accounts that were uploading personal information and private pictures, lawyer Yohei Shimizu said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/21/Japan-court-orders-Facebook-to-reveal-revenge-porn-IP-addresses/

Singapore to invest US$33 million in cybersecurity research

The Singapore government has pledged S$42 million (US$33.6 million) to boost research on mobile, network and cloud security. The National Research Foundation has selected seven research projects which will receive the funding over the next two to five years, Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, recently announced.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5234-singapore-to-invest-us33-million-in-cybersecurity-research

Telkom triples investment to support government’s urban broadband target

To achieve government’s ambitious target, private sector expected to invest aggressively in broadband roll-out. Indonesia’s government has set a target for  of 70 per cent of urban households, and 100 per cent of urban office buildings, to have broadband access in the next four years. In the same period mobile broadband in urban areas is targeted to hit 100 per cent.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5237-indonesias-cities-to-be-hooked-to-broadband-by-2019

Competition Commission of India denies media reports on imposing penalty on Google

NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has denied reports that it has imposed penalty on Google.  “Media reported that the High Court of Delhi has stayed an order of the Competition Commission of India imposing a penalty of .`1 crore on Google Inc for allegedly failing to provide information in a probe into a case related to unfair trade practices in India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/competition-commission-of-india-denies-media-reports-on-imposing-penalty-on-google/articleshow/44904527.cms

Apple sees iCloud attacks; China hack reported

WASHINGTON: Apple said on Tuesday (Oct 21) its iCloud server has been the target of “intermittent” attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system. Apple did not specifically mention China, but posted a security bulletin citing the hack attempts, and indicating its cloud computing platform had not been breached.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/apple-sees-icloud-attacks/1428342.html

NSA Approves Samsung Knox Devices For Classified Information

The U.S. National Security Agency has approved Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy devices for use by government officials to hold classified information. The four devices include Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This is on top of the NSA using the Boeing Black, a device developed by aircraft manufacturer, with a core focus on defense and security.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/17801/20141021/u-s-government-approves-samsung-knox-devices-nsa.htm

Telstra accused of misleading customers on mobile phone rights

Telstra has been forced to review its handling of complaints about faulty mobile phones after an investigtion by the consumer watchdog uncovered 400 instances where customers may have been misled. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today said that following an investigation into how Telstra staff responded to complaints about faulty mobile phones, it had found customers may have been misled about their consumer guarantee rights, specifically that they weren’t entitled to a refund, replacement or repair.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396972,telstra-accused-of-misleading-customers-on-mobile-phone-rights.aspx

How Malaysia is using mapping technologies for search & rescue, defence operations

Geographic information system (GIS) technology is helping the Malaysian Armed Forces make more informed decisions in its operations, including in the recent search and rescue operations for the Malaysian Airlines flights MH370 and MH17 tragedies. The Defence Geospatial Division of the Department of Survey And Mapping Malaysia has developed a system to integrate geospatial data across multiple business systems so defence officials can get accurate data on a single interactive map.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5224-how-malaysia-is-using-mapping-technologies-for-search-rescue-defence-operations

Australia launches beta site for new e-gov portal

Australia has today launched the beta site for its redesigned e-government portal, australia.gov.au, asking for user feedback and displaying its current thinking on how the next generation website will look. The site follows on from the alpha site launched in July, ditching images for blocks of text that relate to broad areas of government services. For example, there is a health section, a law and justice section, and a money, benefits and tax section.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5221-australia-launches-beta-site-for-new-e-gov-portal

Govt grant buys Victorian supercomputer two more years

Victoria’s life sciences supercomputer will continue to operate for another two years, thanks to a $6.65 million funding top-up from the state government following the expiry of its original grant term. The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) is touted as the world’s largest computational facility dedicated to biological and health studies. It was kicked off in 2009 thanks to $50 million in start-up capital from the government, matched by another $50 million worth of private and research sector contributions.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396964,govt-grant-buys-victorian-supercomputer-two-more-years.aspx

Australian Govt metadata requests jump 5 percent

The amount of requests made by Australian Government agencies for citizens’ phone, internet and location data grew by almost 5 percent in the last financial year, according to the national communications and media watchdog. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today revealed government agencies had made 563,012 authorisations for access to non-content or metadata for criminal law enforcement purposes in the fiscal year to June 2014 [pdf] – an almost 5 percent rise on the 538,317 made in the previous year to June 2013.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396997,australian-govt-metadata-requests-jump-5-percent.aspx

China accused of wiretapping Apple iCloud data as new iPhones roll out to customers: report

Just days after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, anti-censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports  the country’s authorities are staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud. The attack is limited to users who access iCloud on a desktop or mobile browser where they are required to enter their username and password. A MITM attack happens when two parties – iCloud users and iCloud, in this case – believe they are communicating directly to each other, when in fact a third party is collecting and relaying all the messages in between them.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-accused-wiretapping-apple-icloud-data-iphones-roll-customers-report/

Authorities found copyright infringement in reputable enterprises, from VN

Among the violators were Ho Chi Minh City-based Anh Duong Company Limited, known for famous Vinasun taxi trademark; Bien Hoa Sugar Company, based in Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa 1 Industrial Zone; and Saigon-My Xuan Paper Corporation, based in My Xuan A Industrial Zone in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. At the headquarters of those enterprises, the authorities discovered a big quantity of Microsoft software which had been used without authorisation, besides to diverse other software copies like AutoCAD, Adobe and more.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114256/authorities-found-copyright-infringement-in-reputable-enterprises.html

NSW to add offshore data rules into privacy legislation

The office of NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has confirmed the government’s intentions to update the state’s privacy legislation to make it clear where agencies and healthcare providers stand when it comes to storing data offshore, particularly as part of cloud computing arrangements. The NSW Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Coombs, finalised her draft code of practice for offshore data hosting and handed it to the Attorney-General in May this year, after a number of aborted attempts by her predecessors.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396906,nsw-to-add-offshore-data-rules-into-privacy-legislation.aspx

Daum Kakao snooped on citizens, pledges to stop after users protest

For better or for worse, Korea is one of the world’s most connected nations, with about 85 percent of their population on the internet as of last year . Local KakaoTalk users – who make up three-quarters of the almost 50 million monthly active users  – recently found out the downside when the government announced a crackdown on online defamation. This was in light of the discovery of what President Park Geun-hye termed as rumors spreading on the chat app that “divided the society”, according to StarTribune .

https://www.techinasia.com/daum-kakao-snooped-stopped-after-protest/

Singapore Environment Agency wins FutureGov Award for its rapid haze response

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore has won the E-Government Award at this year’s FutureGov Awards for its rapid implementation of a haze monitoring and public information portal during the haze crisis.  When Singapore was badly hit by the haze last June, the NEA website attracted as many as 5 million visitors in a day.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5057-singapore-environment-agency-wins-futuregov-award-for-its-rapid-haze-response

Draft ‘Internet-of-Things’ policy sees business worth $15 billion

BANGALORE|NEW DELHI: The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) on Friday laid out a draft policy on Internet-of things in India, envisioning the IoT industry to be worth $15 billion by 2020. “We had a meeting on July 31 in Delhi where we called different stakeholders – academia, industry – and we had a discussion on what is the approach for IoT. We decided why should India lag behind and came up with this document after the workshop,” a DeitY official told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/draft-internet-of-things-policy-sees-business-worth-15-billion/articleshow/44865824.cms

Big data helps government provide personalised services, from Singapore

Singapore government websites will soon be able to better recognise citizens’ needs with a new big data analytics tool. cOnce the pilot project goes live next year, the cloud-based tool can process and understand a citizen’s question accurately and provide an answer within seconds. This capability will enable citizens to better navigate government services and get personalised advice when using online services.  The tool also provide government agencies with insights on citizens’ needs and priorities.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5052-big-data-helps-government-provide-personalised-services

How fast is the internet? Regulator asks citizens for feedback, from Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the country’s telecoms regulator and central government IT agency, launched a pilot for a mobile app yesterday that aims to engage consumers to obtain better insights into consumers’ mobile broadband usage experience.  “We hope consumers will download the MyConnection SG app and volunteer as NIMI testers to help IDA improve their broadband service experience,” explained Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4976-how-fast-is-the-internet-regulator-asks-citizens-for-feedback

NSW government calls on developers to boost service delivery

The NSW government is calling on the state’s best developers to help design apps to boost government service delivery, using open data. Finance and services minister, Dominic Perrottet, said citizens deserve state of the art services and we’d like to co-design them with the best and brightest minds in the private sector.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557619/nsw-government-calls-developers-boost-service-delivery/