A monthly bulletin presenting insights gleaned from global cybersecurity news that will impact us.
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  • Aviation 1 Feb 2019

    Can an aeroplane be hacked? Cybersecurity companies are showing that there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited. IOActive, a Seattle-based cybersecurity firm released a report in December 2016 that claimed that the Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment system was hackable, and credit card information could be accessed. Panasonic Avionics has refuted the claims. Prior to that, the founder of another info-security company One World Labs had claimed he could commandeer a plane through its inflight entertainment service. United Airlines has banned him from ever flying with them since.

  • Security and Emergency 1 Feb 2019

    Law enforcement agencies are not spared the threats of cyber-attacks, even as they strive to protect us from physical or cyber harm themselves. From ransomware and denial-of-service attacks to hoax bomb threats, these agencies are as susceptible to them as any other. But when compromised, the impact could be public disorder, the loss of highly-sensitive information such as case files on crimes and their victims, and even the loss of lives should emergency services face a Denial-of-Service attack on their hotlines.

  • Government 1 Feb 2019

    In recent years, governments have been seen to be taking pre-emptive measures to counter threats, or responding to cyber-attacks that may set a precedence for others.

    In terms of pre-emptive measures to fight cyber-attacks, governments in Thailand, China and Russia amended or introduced legislation on information security. In China, the new law by the administration under President Xi Jinping is the latest effort that reflects the country’s increasing focus on raising its cybersecurity capabilities, including deterrence. Notably, President Xi himself heads the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization, the central government’s apex committee responsible for Internet-related issues including cybersecurity

  • High-Profile Events 1 Feb 2019

    High-profile events such as the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit, global conferences and sporting events like the recently concluded World Cup attract wide-ranging attention, including from the bad hats. Physical security, such as increased police patrols, barricades and identification checks, are some of the usual measures to safeguard such events. Increasingly, enhancing cybersecurity is also part of the planning for such events.

  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises 1 Feb 2019

    In the recently published "Singapore Cyber Landscape 2017", 2,040 website defacements were detected in Singapore last year, with the majority being websites of SMEs from a range of businesses such as interior design and manufacturing. Many of the cases reported to SingCERT by SMEs involved phishing, ransomware and business e-mail scams. A reason cyber criminals may attack SMEs is because they are seen as a means of getting to larger corporations, to which SMEs are suppliers.