Govt investigating any compromise of employee records after cyberthreat
SINGAPORE — The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) stated yesterday (Feb S) it’s wanting into any potential compromise of worker data and has alerted the Police, after the authority was knowledgeable about an e-mail despatched by hacktivist group, Anonymous, threatening to launch “the private info of hundreds of individuals related to a sure Singaporean safety company that does a lot enterprise with the federal government”.
Responding to media queries, an IDA spokesperson stated: “Cyber threats are on the rise globally towards governments, companies and people. The Singapore Government takes cyber safety critically. We don’t condone actions designed to intimidate the federal government.”
The spokesperson additionally urged companies and people to take the required precautions to reinforce cyber safety.
Technology information web site ZDNet reported that it had acquired a press release from Anonymous which contained private info — together with birthdates, passport numbers and cell phone numbers — of 10 people. The group additionally claimed that it has an extended listing containing the particulars of hundreds of individuals related to the unnamed safety agency, and it was planning to publish the record in response to what it deems because the unfair arrests of people right here who’re linked to the group.
In November final yr, James Raj Arokiasamy, 35, was charged for the defacement of Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s web site the earlier month beneath the “Messiah” moniker. Businessman Delson Moo, forty two, and scholar Melvin Teo, 17, have been additionally charged for hacking into the Istana’s web site.
ZDNet reported that the e-mail addresses of the ten people – among the many private info which it acquired – are from different businesses, together with the Singapore Prison Service, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Police Force and Central Narcotics Bureau. It added that its checks discovered a few of the info outdated or inaccurate.
The IDA spokesperson reiterated that each one authorities businesses should adjust to the federal government IT safety insurance policies and greatest practices. Where third celebration distributors are concerned, service degree agreements are in place to make sure that they keep the required degree of safety.