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December 14, 2020 — The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is warning members of the public to be careful when throwing out empty delivery packaging, as scammers can easily steal their personal information from them and use their details for nefarious purposes. Source: The Star

 

By Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim

December 8, 2020 — The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a greater lesson in life; that is to learn to live a meaningful life using digital technology and the Internet.

When the government imposed the movement control order on March 18, many of us were forced to stay at home. Office matters were done from remote places. Some call it working from home and now it has become a new normal. Source: Sarawak Tribune

Kuala Lumpur, December 2, 2020 — Serba Dinamik Group Berhad (SDGB), through its e-Security & Privacy Channel (ESPC), is collaborating with Cyber8Lab and eSafeKids in Australia to introduce the first real-time measure to help nations better understand children’s online safety status called Child Online Safety & Protection (COSP).

The three organisations, in a joint press statement, said the collaboration pays no less attention to the aspects of digital literacy, readiness and safety among Malaysians, especially youngsters, towards realising Malaysia’s digital aspiration. Source: BERNAMA

Exclusive: Suspected North Korean hackers targeted COVID vaccine maker AstraZeneca - sources

London: November 27, 2020 – Suspected North Korean hackers have tried to break into the systems of British drugmaker AstraZeneca in recent weeks, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, as the company races to deploy its vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. Source: Reuters

Shah Alam, Malaysia: November 11, 2020 — The companies in Asia Pacific (APAC) heading towards digitalisation related to flexible and highly-connected manufacturing process is prone to a wider attack surface from cybercriminals, a latest report from Kaspersky shows.

In the report, industrial automation systems show that Asia and Africa are the least secure globally during the first six months of 2020. Source: ESPC

November 10, 2020 — With patients and medical providers across Asia and around the world forced by the global pandemic to rely on online platforms more than ever before, the medical device industry is finding itself uniquely vulnerable to cyberattack.

But despite the high stakes of data vulnerabilities to patients, providers and healthcare systems, governments in the Asian region lag behind in mandating cybersecurity measures, leaving manufacturers to install and maintain systems against the possibility their products can be hacked by cyber criminals. Source: MedTechIntelligence

Kuala Lumpur: October 28, 2020 — The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) said a syndicate is using the name and logo of the agency to cheat tax payers.

In a statement, it said several attempts were made by the syndicate to cheat the public by sending fake e-mails informing them that they had overpaid taxes which LHDN had to return.

In the fake e-mail, the financial rogue would direct the recipient of the e-mail to divulge their bank account details to enable a repayment transaction to be made by LHDN. Source: Daily Express

Kuala Lumpur: October 27, 2020 — Police have opened an investigation paper against a man who claimed that Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid and former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan were involved in fraudulent activities. Source: BERNAMA

October 18, 2020 — Singapore will become the world’s first country to use facial verification in its national ID scheme, but privacy advocates are alarmed by what they say is an intrusive system vulnerable to abuse.

From 2021, millions of people living in the city-state will be able to access government agencies, banking services and other amenities with a quick face scan. This biometric check will do away with the need to remember a password or security dongle when performing many everyday tasks, its creators say. Source: Global Times

Petaling Jaya: October 13, 2020 — The number of scams and cases of stolen identities is expected to increase over the next year.

This is the view of most financial institutions in the country, according to a report entitled “Future-proofing Fraud Prevention in Digital Channels”, which was launched today at a webinar. Source: FMT News

Kuala Lumpur, October 9, 2020 — A manager of a banking agency lost more than RM1.97 million when tricked by a Macau Scam syndicate member posing as a police officer in May.

The incident began on May 5 when the 50-year-old woman received a call from a woman who introduced herself as a police officer and claimed that the victim was involved in a fatal hit-and-run case. Source: BERNAMA

Putrajaya: October 8, 2020 — Malaysia has presented the progress and development of the draft ASEAN Plan of Action on the Implementation Norms of Responsible States Behaviour in Cyberspace at the fifth ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) main session, which was held virtually yesterday.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM), in a statement today, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) chief executive Md Shah Nuri Md Zain participated in the AMCC main and special sessions. Source: BERNAMA

Singapore, October 7, 2020 (Xinhua) — The 5th ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) was convened virtually on Wednesday.

Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said at the opening ceremony that the ministers would discuss building a rules-based cyberspace and strengthening regional cyber resilience through Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) protection at the meeting. Source: Xinhua

Singapore: October 7, 2020 — A new labelling scheme to indicate the cyber security levels of home appliances has been launched in Singapore, with plans to have the standards adopted at an international level.

The Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) will be similar to energy labels, with a tiered reference to security levels that can guide consumers into making informed decisions. Source: The Straits Times

October 6, 2020 — Chinese hackers may be using malware that can survive Windows OS reinstalls to spy on computers. 

Security firm Kaspersky Lab uncovered the malware, which exploits a computer’s UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) to continually persist on a Windows machine. Source: PC Magazine

October 1, 2020 — An executive from Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency examines the role of security in a nation increasingly dependent on technology.

 

Is cybersecurity a public good or private good? Is it an engineering challenge or policy problem? Should consumers be responsible for their own security? Is security a business cost or benefit? Source: Dark Reading

 |   Dr. Dzahar Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia

 

Millions across the world have made the transition to remote working in past months, and this massive migration has challenged advanced security models and user behaviors in a COVID-19 world. In Asia Pacific, Gartner reported that an estimated 91% of organizations have adopted work from home arrangements since the outbreak, with 54% indicating that poor technology and/or infrastructure was the biggest barrier to effective remote working. Source: News Microsoft

KUALA LUMPUR, September 22, 2020: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told the Upper House of Parliament (Dewan Negara) that his ministry together with the Malaysian Multimedia Ministry is carrying out a study on the need for specific laws to fight cyberbullying. Source: ESPC

Sudarnoto Osman (Center) in his statement said the convincing part must be done at the C-Level. Once the top level agrees, this are the journey they are going to embark. – Muhammad Amirul Ramli

KUALA LUMPUR – September 18, 2020 — To implement digitalisation and cybersecurity in the private sector effectively, it is critical to influence the C-level or top management says Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) CEO Sudarnoto Osman.

“We should get the buy in from the C-Level leaders, and if you go through the head of department just to roll out digitalisation and cybersecurity aspects more or less it will not happen. Source: ESPC

Malaysia: September 14, 2020 — THE Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) 2020-2024 is a comprehensive strategy to mitigate evolving cyber threats through an integrated approach and an effective model of public-private partnership.

The strategy, to be launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin next week, is formulated to control the growing cyber threat that has been plaguing the country in recent years, said National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) CEO Mohd Shah Nuri Md Zain. Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Kota Baru, Kelantan: September 11, 2020 — The East coast state of Kelantan has recorded a worrying trend in ‘Macau Scam’ cases for this year, said Kelantan police chief Deputy Commissioner Shafien Mamat.

From January to early August, the police recorded losses amounting to more than RM5 million due to the syndicates in the state, Shafien Mamat said. Source: ESPC

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: September 8, 2020 — A 90-year-old female retiree lost RM3.83 million as she was allegedly duped by a Macau scam syndicate.

Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said it all started on June 13 when the nonagenarian allegedly received a phone call from Pos Laju saying that there was a package for her sent from Ipoh to Sabah using her details reported in Bernama. 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: September 1, 2020 — The Malaysian government is holding discussions with the relevant agencies and parties regarding the need to amend the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709), the Dewan Rakyat was told on Wednesday. Source: ESPC

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: August 17, 2020 – Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) documents have been leaked and have ended up on a Dark Web portal, Singapore’s The Straits Times (ST) reported today. According to the report, the documents are among a host of stolen military-related information from various countries and defence contractors. Source: FMT news

Kuantan, Malaysia: August 16, 2020 – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has plans to introduce cyber parenting skills as part of efforts to help parents or guardians monitor and educate their children on the use of electronic gadgets. Source: BERNAMA

Ausrangabad: July 14, 2020 – A city-based trader, who lost Rs 10,000 in a telephising scam on Sunday, got his money back within three hours due to the timely action taken by city’s cybercrime police. Source: Times of India

Kuala Lumpur: July 13, 2020 – Following an increase in hacking cases during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, the government will set up a master digital platform to ensure cyber security.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions), Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said this platform will be launched within the next five years. Source: BERNAMA

Malaysia: July 12, 2020 – News about Malaysians falling victim to scams is quite common these days. A few days ago, a 90-year-old woman in Petaling Jaya had lost nearly RM4 million to individuals pretending to be the police. Now appears that syndicates are also getting aggressive in targeting BigPay users and several people have reportedly lost their money. Source: Soyacincau

Update as on July 12, 2020 – Recently, when our research team was performing their regular deepweb and darkweb sweeps, they came across a post in which a credible actor claimed to be in possession of records of 45 million+ travelers to Thailand and Malaysia from multiple countries. Source: Cyble, Inc  

Hong Kong: July 12, 2020 – Trend Micro Incorporated had released a survey results showing how remote workers address cybersecurity in which nearly three quarters (72%) of remote workers say they are more conscious of their organisation’s cybersecurity policies since lockdown started, but many are breaking the rules anyway due to limited understanding or resource constraints. Source: ESPC Editor

July 8, 2020 – Outdated or illegitimate software is like open doors for malicious users. The recent doscovery by Kaspersky proves this once again. Source: ESPC Editor

Dubai, UAE: July 3, 2020 – Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage. Source: Reuters

Cyberjaya, Malaysia: July 2, 2020 – Some 3,906 complaints were lodged to the Cyber999 Help Centre during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period from March 18 to June 30, an increase of more than 90 per cent compared to the same period last year. Source: BERNAMA