Most global cyberattacks launched from Singapore, IT security firm says

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Singapore has transformed into a global hub for cyberattacks and overtaken nations such as the US, Russia and China in this role, at least according to Israeli data security firm Check Point Software which said Singapore rose to pole position after ranking in the top five attacking countries for the previous two weeks.

The company, whose software tracks and evaluates an average of eight to ten million live cyberattacks daily, said it was “not particularly unusual for Singapore to be featured among the top attacking countries” as it has established itself as a key Southeast Asian technology hub, with much of the internet traffic flowing through Singapore originates in other countries.

That, however, also means a cyberattack recorded as coming from Singapore may have been launched outside the country, Bloomberg News noted.

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore said there are a number of reports measuring cyberattacks, which are based on various methodologies and therefore provide different perspectives of the situation.

Earlier this year, Singapore’s military established a cyber defense unit while the government drafted legislation to impose new cyber security requirements aimed at helping companies protect critical information infrastructure. The city state is also in the process of setting up a cyber security academy to train IT and network security specialists.

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Singapore has transformed into a global hub for cyberattacks and overtaken nations such as the US, Russia and China in this role, at least according to Israeli data security firm Check Point Software which said Singapore rose to pole position after ranking in the top five attacking countries for the previous two weeks. The company, whose software tracks and evaluates an average of eight to ten million live cyberattacks daily, said it was "not particularly unusual for Singapore to be featured among the top attacking countries” as it has established itself as a key Southeast Asian technology hub, with much...

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Singapore has transformed into a global hub for cyberattacks and overtaken nations such as the US, Russia and China in this role, at least according to Israeli data security firm Check Point Software which said Singapore rose to pole position after ranking in the top five attacking countries for the previous two weeks.

The company, whose software tracks and evaluates an average of eight to ten million live cyberattacks daily, said it was “not particularly unusual for Singapore to be featured among the top attacking countries” as it has established itself as a key Southeast Asian technology hub, with much of the internet traffic flowing through Singapore originates in other countries.

That, however, also means a cyberattack recorded as coming from Singapore may have been launched outside the country, Bloomberg News noted.

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore said there are a number of reports measuring cyberattacks, which are based on various methodologies and therefore provide different perspectives of the situation.

Earlier this year, Singapore’s military established a cyber defense unit while the government drafted legislation to impose new cyber security requirements aimed at helping companies protect critical information infrastructure. The city state is also in the process of setting up a cyber security academy to train IT and network security specialists.

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