Thứ Năm, 5 tháng 6, 2014

Singapore Says 1560 Online Identification Accounts Breached

The Singapore government said its

online identifications issued to residents to access services

including personal income tax filings and pension savings

statements may have been tampered with.

The investigations showed 1,560 SingPass accounts may have

been breached with their passwords accessed without the users’

permission, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said

yesterday in an e-mailed statement. A total of 419 of the

accounts triggered password reset notification letters to be

sent to the account holders, it said.

The authority was notified by the SingPass operator three

days ago, and a police report was filed on June 3, it said. The

security breach may affect Singapore’s reputation as an Asian

financial center. The city is the region’s largest wealth

management center with about $800 billion in offshore assets,

according to Boston Consulting Group.

“The Singapore government takes cyber security very

seriously,” the authority said. “The protection of personal

data and the delivery of secure e-services are critical. We will

continue to strengthen all government e-services as part of on-going efforts to enhance security.”

IT Spending

Checks by the infocomm authority showed no evidence that

the SingPass system was compromised, it said. CrimsonLogic Pte

manages SingPass operations, including the system, website and

customer services, SingPass said on its website. Other SingPass

services include corporate searches and registering new

companies, the website showed.

Robert Half International Inc. said yesterday 60 percent of

banks and financial institutions in Singapore are increasing

their spending on information technology security in 2014

compared with last year. That’s a higher proportion than markets

including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Arab Emirates

and the U.K., the other countries where the recruiter conducted

the same survey.

The infringement comes about six months after Standard

Chartered Plc (STAN)
said wealthy clients’ confidential information was

stolen in Singapore from a printing company. The London-based

lender said in December it hadn’t found any unauthorized

transactions since the theft from Fuji Xerox Co., which was

hired to print statements for the 647 clients.

In November, Singapore authorities investigated a breach of

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s website, one day after he said

he would track down a group that announced plans to hack

government online portals.

To contact the reporter on this story:

Sanat Vallikappen in Singapore at

To contact the editors responsible for this story:

Chitra Somayaji at

Linus Chua, Tomoko Yamazaki

Singapore Says 1560 Online Identification Accounts Breached

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