Facebook, Microsoft, Google to remove inappropriate content for Bangladesh

BangladeshHindustan Times — Facebook, Microsoft and Google have agreed to work with Bangladesh government over “inappropriate contents” on the Internet, the Parliament was told today amidst a series of brutal killings by Islamists of secular bloggers and minorities.


Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh most vulnerable to malware in Asia – Microsoft

APACAsian Correspondent — MICROSOFT has released a list of Asia-Pacific countries that were most vulnerable to malware. The Malware Infection Index 2016 highlights threats undermining cybersecurity in the region. “Out of the top five locations across the globe most at risk of infection, a total of four are from the Asia Pacific — Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal,” Microsoft said on its website.

Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh most vulnerable to malware in Asia – Microsoft

3 reasons WeChat failed internationally (and most other Chinese apps do too)

ChinaTech in Asia — Yesterday, my colleague Steven wrote an excellent piece about Tencent’s chat app WeChatand how, despite the money Tencent poured into marketing via stars like Lionel Messi, the app simply hasn’t caught on outside of China. In virtually every market Tencent targeted, WeChat is still playing second fiddle to Facebook’s apps.


N Korea could be linked to cyber-attacks on banks, security firm says

North KoreaBBC — A top cyber-security firm is investigating whether North Korea could be linked to attacks on banks in recent months. Symantec said it had evidence that the same group attempted to steal money from a bank in the Philippines, one in Vietnam and Bangladesh’s central bank. It also said the rare malware deployed was similar to that used in the hacking of Sony Pictures in 2014.


Cyberattack: SWIFT to launch new security plan #cloud #asia #bangladesh #security #hacking #swift

BangladeshTimes of India — LONDON: The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security programme as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt will tell a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week.


Symantec Says SWIFT Malware Is Linked to Cyber Attack in the Philippines

PhilippinesFortune — The malware that was used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank has been linked to another cyber attack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, cyber security company Symantec said in a blog post on Thursday. The company said it had identified three pieces of malware that were used in limited targeted attacks against financial institutions in South-East Asia.

Symantec Says SWIFT Malware Is Linked to Cyber Attack in the Philippines

SWIFT let hackers in: Bangladeshi probe panel

BangladeshIT News — A Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the theft of US$81 million from the country’s central bank has found that international banking payments network SWIFT committed a number of mistakes in connecting up a local network. “We have shown that SWIFT made a number of errors that made it easy for the hackers,” Mohammed Farashuddin, a former governor of the Bangladeshi central, said.


Bangladesh Bank heist similar to Sony hack; second bank hit by malware

BangladeshChannel News Asia — NEW YORK/DHAKA: Investigators probing the cyber heist of US$81 million from the Bangladesh central bank connected it on Friday to the hack at Sony Corp’s film studio in 2014, while global financial network SWIFT disclosed a previously unreported attack on a commercial bank.


Bank cyber-attack detected by Swift after Bangladesh raid

BangladeshWorld Bulletin — The warning about the second attack came from Swift, which oversees the financial messaging network that underpins global money transfers. Swift said the target was a commercial bank but did not name the organisation or reveal if any cash had been taken. The attack used techniques and tools resembling those used to steal cash from Bangladesh in February, it said.


ECB to set up cyber attack warning system for banks

BangladeshChannel News Asia — FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank will set up a database to register incidents of cyber crime at commercial banks, aiming to create an early warning and analysis system for big lenders, it told a German newspaper on Thursday. Attackers earlier this year stole US$81 million from a Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Fed in one of the biggest-ever cyber heists, heightening global concerns over cyber security.


SWIFT technicians blamed for Bangladesh bank vulnerabilities

BangladeshIT News — Bangladeshi police investigating a US$81 million (A$110 million) cyber heist on the country’s central bank have claimed errors made by SWIFT technicians left the financial institution vulnerable to attack.


Insight – Before massive Bangladesh heist, New York Fed feared such cyber attacks

BangladeshChannel News Asia — REUTERS: In the years before hackers stole US$81 million from a Bangladesh central bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, senior Fed security officials examined the risk of such an attack: but judged the prospect unlikely, bank sources told Reuters.


Researchers trace hackers’ way in to Bangladesh Bank

BangladeshIT News — Security researchers have uncovered new insights into how attackers were able to compromise the SWIFT software platform used by the Bangladesh central bank to steal US$81 million (A$107 million). SWIFT, a cooperative owned by 3000 financial institutions, confirmed it was aware of malware targeting its client software.


Mobile money service launched in Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Telecom Asia — Financial inclusion in Bangladesh just took a stride closer to reality with the launch of a new international remittance receiving service via a partnership between MasterCard, Western Union, bKash and BRAC Bank. The new service enables bKash’s registered customers to use their mobile phones to receive remittances from abroad directly into their bKash accounts.


Bangladesh central bank considers suing NY Fed over $107m hack

BangladeshIT News — Bangladesh’s central bank has hired a lawyer in the US for a potential lawsuit against the New York Federal Reserve after unknown hackers stole US$81 million (A$107 million) from its account.  In one of the largest cyber heists in history, the hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank (BB) in early February and succeeded in issuing instructions to the New York Fed to transfer US$81 million to accounts in the Philippines.


Bangladesh asks FBI for help investigating central bank heist

BangladeshIT News — Bangladesh has formally sought assistance from the US FBI to track down the cyber crooks who stole US$81 million (A$107 million) from its central bank’s US account. Unknown hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank in early February and attempted to steal US$951 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which it uses for international settlements.


Bangladesh Bank chief throws in the towel after cyberattack

BangladeshZDNet — The head of the Bangladeshi central bank has resigned following a devastating cyberattack which rinsed the country’s federal reserve account of at least $80 million. Atiur Rahman, who served as Governor of the Bangladesh Bank, the central financial institution for the country, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week according to the BBC.


Bangladesh cyberattack ‘could happen to any bank’

BangladeshGT Review — Bangladesh’s central bank governor Atiur Rahman resigned this week (March 16) after one of the biggest cyber heists in history was inflicted upon his bank. Unidentified hackers used Swift, the financial messaging system, technology to steal US$81mn from Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The money is thought to have been transferred to accounts in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Bangladesh cyberattack ‘could happen to any bank’

Bangladesh central bank governor quits over $101m cyber heist

BangladeshFT — The governor of the Bangladesh central bank has resigned over a $101m cyber theft from the bank’s accounts with the New York Federal Reserve last month. Atiur Rahman offered his resignation to Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, “for the sake of my country” after an audacious electronic raid that constitutes one of the biggest bank robberies in history.


Malware the root cause of $80 million Bangladesh Bank heist

BangladeshZDNet — Researchers believe that malware installed within the Bangladesh Bank’s computer systems allowed cyberattackers to learn how to withdraw and take off with $80 million from the institutes’ Federal Reserve bank account. This month, reports emerged of a group of unknown hackers launching a fraudulent scheme against the central bank of Bangladesh and the Federal Reserve Bank, based in New York.


PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate power supply from Tripura to Bangladesh on March 23

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripura’s Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23. The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.


Hackers tried to steal $951 million from US bank account: Bangladesh bank

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh’s central bank has confirmed that cybercriminals tried to withdraw $951 million from its US bank account, as the country’s finance minister said he first got to know of one of the biggest bank heists in history through the media.


Ericsson wins deals with Telenor Asia, XL Axiata

APACTelecom Asia — Ericsson has secured a five-year contract with Telenor Group to deploy LTE networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment for LTE rollouts by Thailand’s Dtac, Bangladesh’s Grameenphone and Telenor Myanmar. The contract also covers the transformation of Telenor’s 2G and 3G networks in the markets, to help improve network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband experience.


Sri Lanka-India power link pre-feasibility complete: Kumarasinghe

Sri LankaLanka Business Online —  Pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India HVDC transformation link have already been done in collaboration with power grid India and CEB, a senior official said. Now India is connected to Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka is the country which is outside this grid at the moment and there are power deficits at various time intervals in both countries.


Axiata, Airtel to merge units in Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Axiata Group and Bharti Airtel have entered an agreement to merge their operations in Bangladesh to create an operator with a combined customer base of around 40 million. Under the deal, Robi Axiata and Airtel Bangladesh will combine their assets to create the second largest operator in Bangladesh after Grameenphone.


Grameenphone to expand 3G across Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Grameenphone, Bangladesh’s biggest cell phone operator, plans to upgrade all of its existing 10,000 base transceiver stations across the country to support 3G by June this year. Grameenphone – 55.8% owned by Norwegian telco Telenor and 34.2% owned by local GrameenGrameen Telecom – said it currently has 5,800 such sites, and an additional 1,700 will be upgraded within the first quarter of this year, the Daily Star quoted Grameenphone CEO Rajeev Sethi as saying.


Agartala to become India’s third internet gateway

IndiaGulf News — Kolkata: Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, is to become India’s third internet gateway, after Mumbai and Chennai. The announcement comes as Bangladesh’s submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), has already connected 10GBPS bandwidth with BSNL cable at the Akhaura integrated check post at the Indo-Bangladesh international border.


Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a ban on Facebook, three weeks after it was imposed for security reasons in the tense country, but mobile messaging apps remained barred, the telecoms minister said. The government ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last month after two opposition leaders lost their appeals against the death penalty for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict.


India’s 3rd internet gateway ready to start operations

BangladeshTimes of India — AGARTALA: The third international internet gateway in Agartala is all set for inauguration which will take place after finalization of the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart.  Bangladesh’s lone submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), has already connected 10 GBPS bandwidth with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) cable last week at the Akhaura integrated checkpost.


Asustek to begin selling smartphones in Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh in 1Q16, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer will begin marketing its ZenFone 2 smartphones in Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2016, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News(EDN) report. Asustek is currently in talks with local first-tier channel operators in the three markets for cooperation and will also sell its smartphones through its PC sales channels, the paper said.