Jan 152019

Roy Mabasa and PNA report:

Foreign Affairs Secretary Te­odoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday backpedaled from his earlier allegations that French con­tractor Oberthur reportedly ran away with the data of millions of passport ap­plicants when its contract was abruptly terminated by the Philippine govern­ment in 2013.

“Data is not run-away-able but made inaccessible. Access denied,” Locsin said in his tweet.

Locsin tweeted the clarification a day after APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-pass­port maker, said there was no passport data loss or breach.

Read more on Manila Bulletin.

Jan 152019

Ian Hughes reports:

A hacker has been ordered to pay £20,000 compensation to a Warwickshire company he used to work for.

Samir Desai, of Grange Drive, Sutton Coldfield, caused ‘significant disruption and financial loss’ to the firm which was not named.

The 41 year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by the Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) for the West Midlands area.

Read more on Leamington Observer.

Jan 152019

Viraj Shah reports:

Cryptopia, a cryptocurrency exchange based in New Zealand recently announced that it had been hacked and suffered significant losses.

The exact details of the hack and how much the exchange has lost remain vague at this point with just a few tweets from the exchange providing a small amount of information.

Read more on blokt. Not surprisingly, there is much speculation, including conspiracy theories.

Here is a copy of their fully tweet from earlier today:

Jan 142019

Eileen Yu reports:

Two employees have been sacked and five senior management executives, including the CEO, fined for their role in Singapore’s most serious security breach, which compromised personal data of 1.5 million SingHealth patients. Further enhancements also will be made to beef up the organisation’s cyber defence, in line with recommendations dished out by the committee that reviewed the events leading up to the breach, according to Integrated Health Information Systems (IHIS).

The IT agency responsible for the local healthcare sector including SingHealth. IHIS said a lead in its Citrix team and a security incident response manager were found to be negligent and in non-compliance of orders. This had security implications and contributed to the “unprecedented” scale of the SingHealth security breach, the agency said in a statement Monday.

Read more on ZDNet.

Jan 132019

Tatsuya Sudo reports:

A Chinese group that has been accused by the U.S. government in a series of cybertheft cases around the world is now suspected in the 2016 hacking of the computer system used by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).

Keidanren officials announced in November 2016 that 23 computers used in the federation’s system had been infected with a virus. However, no details were released about what hacking group might have been behind the cyberattack.

Read more about the suspected connection on Asahi.com. As you get deeper into the story, it really is impressive how slowly and patiently the attack was developed over years.