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Opinion | Travel hub Hong Kong is on the hit list of cyber criminals, as Cathay data breach shows. It’s time it started defending itself

Travellers queue at Hong Kong International Airport to check in for their flight. As a major transit point and popular destination, Hong Kong draws tens of millions of visitors to the city every year, and its travel industry generates and absorbs enormous amounts of data from and about customers. Photo: Dickson Lee Source link

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HIV data leak: Brochez illegally disclosed list of 13 HIV-positive individuals’ details, says prisons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The American at the centre of a recent HIV data leak illegally disclosed details of 13 HIV-positive people scheduled for a health check-up at Changi Prison Complex in 2018. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 17) that Mikhy Farrera Brochez sent an e-mail on Saturday to some government authorities and media organisations. The e-mail contained photographs of a piece of paper with a list of NRIC or FIN numbers of 13 HIV-positive individuals, including himself. They had been scheduled for a medical…

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Hong Kong’s securities watchdog freezes brokerage accounts for suspected involvement in misleading data

Hong Kong’s securities watchdog has frozen an unknown number of client accounts managed by three brokerages which were related to the suspected disclosure of false or misleading financial information by a listed company. The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued restriction notices that prohibit Changjiang Securities Brokerage, Haitong International Securities Company and Kingston Securities from dealing with assets held in those accounts, it said in a statement on Friday. The brokerages are not the focus of the SFC’s investigation, the SFC said. Their operations and other clients will not…

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Singaporeans hit by dating app leak, data of 6 million users for sale on dark web, Singapore News

Millions of people looking for love received a rude Valentine’s Day gift yesterday in the form of an e-mail from Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB). The users of the popular dating platform were informed that their account data may have been stolen by an “unauthorised party”. The data, which includes names and e-mail addresses of more than six million CMB users, has been put on sale on the dark web for 0.13 Bitcoin, or about $600. CMB, a mobile dating app company based in San Francisco in the US state of…

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Hong Kong stocks open lower as market awaits Chinese economic data, US trade talks news

Hong Kong stocks opened lower, while Chinese equity benchmarks were mixed on Thursday morning. Investors were watching for developments coming out of Beijing today and tomorrow as they sized up positive remarks by US President Donald Trump about trade talks with China. The Hang Seng Index gave up some of the more than 300 points it gained on Wednesday, as it opened down 0.1 per cent, or 28.53 points, at 28,469.06. On Wednesday, President Trump told reporters at the White House that trade talks with China were “going along very…

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Singapore 

HIV data leak: Brochez called ‘a pathological liar’ after making wild claims, Singapore News

He used fake degrees to get teaching jobs in Singapore, cheated on blood tests to hide his HIV-positive status, and leaked the data of 14,200 people with HIV. Now Mikhy Farrera Brochez, 34, has made a slew of allegations against Singapore authorities on Facebook and in an interview with US online news site Vice. Among them: He was abused while in policy custody, then sexually assaulted in prison, where he contracted HIV and was denied HIV medication. He also claimed another man had leaked the HIV Registry data. In refuting…

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High data centre rents have allowed three firms to dominate US$883 million Hong Kong market

Land scarcity and some of the highest rents in Asia-Pacific have allowed three operators of data centres to dominate the market – estimated at US$883 million – in Hong Kong. According to a report released on Wednesday by Toronto-based consultancy Structure Research, which focuses on data centre and internet infrastructure, NTT Communications, a subsidiary of Japan’s largest telecommunications company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Sunevision Holdings, the technology arm of Hong Kong property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties and US-based global co-location data centre operator Equinix command 55 per cent…

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Hong Kong banks must step up cybersecurity, protect customers’ data as online scams multiply, warns industry leader

Hong Kong’s banks must step up their efforts to combat cybercrime and protect customers’ data amid a dramatic rise in online attacks, one of the city’s most senior banking executives has warned. Mary Huen Wai-yi, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB), said that as lenders have rolled out more digital banking services allowing customers to conduct transactions on their computers or smartphones, so the risks have multiplied. Her concerns are supported by figures from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city’s de facto central bank, which…

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Singapore 

HIV data leak: MOH aware only in 2016 that Mikhy Farrera Brochez had access to data, says Gan Kim Yong, Singapore News

While he first informed the authorities in 2012 that his partner had disclosed information about his HIV status to others and shared screenshots of this, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American at the centre of the leak of Singapore’s HIV Registry, was uncooperative and did not provide any evidence. The investigation hence did not make much headway, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12). Mr Gan was responding to questions from MPs about whether the Ministry of Health (MOH) had known about Brochez’s possible access to…

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Bad start continues for China economy as private data shows manufacturing activity weakest since 2016

China’s factory activity contracted for a second consecutive month in January, with the pace of the downturn picking up speed, due in large part to the effects from the ongoing trade war with the United States. The Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which tracks the activities of small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, fell to 48.3 from 49.7 in December, well below the 49.5 reading analysts expected in a Reuters poll. The January reading is the lowest since February 2016. Readings below 50 indicate that manufacturing sector activity contracted during the…

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