Sputnik News — India has issued a red alert against cyber attacks for the second time in three months due to an attack on government and commercial organizations by Chinese Military Western Headquarters. The alert has been issued to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force that a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations and the Indian defense establishment is its prime target.
Local SYR — Vietnam has increased its military spending dramatically in recent years amid a series of territorial disputes with China. And the southeast Asian nation may soon be splashing out more to upgrade its defense capabilities. President Obama on Monday announced an end to decades-old military sanctions banning U.S. arms exports to Vietnam.
Sputnik News — Representatives of leading Chinese tech company Huawei claim they are studying science fiction narratives to envision future trends in which evil robots kill humans, dead relatives linger on computers, and people live forever. This is according to Kevin Ho, president of the company’s handset product line, speaking at the CES Asia conference in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: A group of terrorist suspects in India said to be inspired by Islamic State wanted to emulate US whistleblower Edward Snowden and use encrypted communication tool Signal to stay in touch, it was revealed in interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
IT News — Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group is preparing for a major upgrade of the satellite communication ground station facility at its laboratories in Edinburgh, South Australia. According to tender documents, the existing base station at DST Groups’ Edinburgh facility had until now been operating under a waiver allowing it to access the US-operated wideband global satellite communication (WGS) constellation.
Times of India — Google has removed an spyware app called SmeshApp from its PlayStore. According to an investigation by CNN-IBN, the app was being extensively used by Pakistan intelligence agencies to snoop on Indian army personnel. CNN-IBN investigations reportedly revealed that the app was being used to access crucial information regarding the movement of troop and other counter terrorism operations.
Straits Times — BEIJING (REUTERS) A new Chinese military outfit will lead the country’s push to enhance its cyber warfare, space security and online espionage capabilities, Chinese military observers and analysts said. Senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials and other observers have begun to give details of the country’s new Strategic Support Force (SSF), whose establishment was announced at the end of last year as part of a major overhaul of the armed forces.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the strategic sectors of Defence, Space and Atomic Energy to use ‘made in India’ chips in an initiative that will meet not only national security needs but also kick start the domestic semi-conductor manufacturing business that has been struggling to take off.
IT News — A controversial new military technology export control law that threatens to criminalise cryptography research could cut Australia off from the global research community, according to the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). More than 180 cryptologists and members of the IACR have signed a petition against Australia’s new Defence Trade Controls Act (DTCA), raising ‘deep concerns’ against the law, which will come into effect next April.
Australia’s law enforcement chiefs are willing to relax physical requirements for employees and offer increased salaries in an effort to recruit more cyber security specialists. Addressing the 2015 Cyber Security Summit sponsored by Informa and Australian Defence Magazine yesterday, Australian Army modernisation chief Major-General Fergus McLachlan said he recognised the need to embrace a “non-linear recruiting model” in order to draw cyber expertise into the organisation.
In a policy paper published May 26, the Chinese government outlined its latest military strategies, defense preparations and efforts to modernize its national defense and military forces. One of the strategies highlighted in the paper is the goal of winning the local information war, the Shanghai Securities News reported Wednesday. The policy paper shows that China’s national defense budget for 2015 has increased by an annual 10.1% to 890 billion yuan (US$143.4 billion). One of the areas to which higher funding has been allocated is the construction of Navy facilities and national defense-oriented information infrastructure.
You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws. Under these laws, such “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. How could this be?
The Department of Defence has raised concerns that a critical radar system could interfere with planned deployments of NBN Co’s fixed wireless network. The concerns were raised in a brief response by Defence to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has been directed by the Government to make 75 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands available to NBN Co.
The Australian Government has signed off on $180 million to pay for a fleet of new satellite receiver terminals for the nation’s Defence Force, with Raytheon and subcontractor L-3 Communications set to take the lion’s share of earnings. The Raytheon/L-3 partnership will deliver ground-based transportable satellite receiver terminals throughout Defence’s Australian sites. The large terminals will have the transmission capacity to support deployed ADF headquarters.
Defence’s satellite communications overhaul has been formally added to its project blacklist, with the expected completion now an anticipated five years behind schedule. The Defence Materiel Organisation yesterday revealed phase 3F of the satellite upgrade, known as joint project 2008, had been added to its ‘project of concern’ list as a result of “significant technical, schedule and cost risks”.
The Thai government’s use of virtual simulations and gamification to train the military can reduce training costs, Professor Peter Haddawy, Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Mahidol University claimed. Thailand’s military research agency, Defence Technology Institute, has signed an agreement with the University to develop virtual environments to train military forces.
Geographic information systems allow agencies to better understand interconnected data and share data with other agencies. Here’s how geospatial data can help defence organisations make better decisions. “When making decisions, being able to understand the ‘where’ component is vital,” David Eastman, Esri Australia National Security industry specialist said. At the same time, the ‘why’ and ‘what’ have to be understood.
The Department of Defence has approached the market for a partner to help it expand its ‘next-generation desktop’ environment across the agency’s restricted network. The department this week issued a request for quotation to the five suppliers on its lucrative applications managed services partnership arrangement (AMSPA), excluding any outside parties from bidding for the work. Accenture, BAE Systems, CSC, IBM and HP are accredited AMPSA partners.
The Royal Australian Air Force will receive three new mobile air traffic management and control systems as part of a $50 million contract awarded under the Defence department’s ten-year effort to overhaul its air traffic control infrastructure. The new contract – which replaces an almost 20 year arrangement with Raytheon – will see the RAAF make use of two new rapidly deployable systems and one larger air traffic management and control system courtesy of global air system provider Indra.
The Malaysian Ministry of Defence is considering the use of Malaysia’s cross-government shared services, but is still concerned if they will meet the Ministry’s security standards, its Undersecretary for Information Management has told FutureGov. Defence has its own communication networks, but “it’s too expensive to pay for that”, Zaharah Ali said. She is now “considering” if she should take up the government’s shared network.
Malaysia’s national ICT research agency will be using location analytics to boost the national security and public safety agencies. The agency, MIMOS (Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems), will work with geospatial solutions provider, Esri, to expand its Big Data analytics capabilities. In particular, it will use the spatial and temporal aspects of the data, said Leonard Jayamohan, General Manager, Esri Asia Pacific.
The Chinese military has developed, and successfully tested, an anti-drone laser intended to shoot down small-scale, low altitude drones. The China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), which is one of the developers of the defense system, said that the laser was able to take out a small drone aircraft within a 2-kilometer (1.2 mile) radius, and just five seconds after locating its target. The system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones at an altitude of 500 meters (1,640 feet) or lower, and that are flying at below 50 meters per second (112 miles per hour).
Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly issued an advisory asking its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi smartphones on account of ‘spying’. It warns that the Chinese manufacturer transmits user data and information back to its headquarters in Beijing. Based on a test by security application manufacturer F-Secure, the IAF issued the alert saying Xiaomi phones port the phone number, carrier name, IMEI number (the device identifier), plus numbers in the address book and text messages to some suspicious IP address in Beijing.
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.
Information security professionals from Australia’s defence, law enforcement and intelligence services have finally started moving into the $630m ‘Ben Chifley’ building constructed for the Australian Security and Intelligence Operation (ASIO) to form the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Major General Stephen Day, deputy director of cyber and information security at the Australian Signals Directorate, told the AISA national conference today that he expected the new centre would be functional by November and fully operational by December.
China’s military forces will ramp up their cyber security and speed domestic development of software, the country’s state media said in a statement yesterday. The plan underscores China’s increasingly vocal concern that the internet is dominated by Western powers and values. “Information security must be considered an underlying project in military battle preparedness,” the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said.
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) will spend $8 million on a new Asia Pacific ICT engineering hub located in Melbourne. The new project will establish a regional Centre of Excellence for Defence to help secure commonwealth government and international contracts with a specific focus on South Asia and Middle East. It will create about 150 jobs in the next five years. LMA chief executive, Raydon Gates, said the company aimed to progressively expand its presence in Australia across its business.