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Japan’s cyber-security minister says he ‘never used computer’

TOKYO: A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government’s cyber security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020. In parliament on Wednesday however, he admitted he doesn’t use computers. “Since the age of 25, I have instructed my…

Russian cyber security firm Group IB to open global HQ in Singapore: CEO

MOSCOW: Russian cyber security company Group IB is to open a global headquarters in Singapore this year or in early next as part of international expansion plans, Chief Executive Ilya Sachkov said. Sachkov, 32, is a co-founder of the Moscow-based company which was set up in 2003 and focuses on investigating high-tech crimes and online fraud. Its clients include banks, energy companies, telecom firms ranging from Russia to Latin America, Canada, the United States and Britain. The company also has offices in London, New…

Vietnam release cyber security draft for global technology companies

HANOI: Vietnam on Friday released a long-awaited draft decree on guidelines to implement a cyber security law that global technology companies and rights groups have said could undermine development and stifle innovation. The draft required firms providing a range of services, including email or social media, to set up offices in Vietnam if they collect or analyze data, let their users conduct anti-state actions or cyber attack, and if they fail to remove content deemed anti-state, fake, slandering or inciting violence.…

FA to increase World Cup cyber security over hacking concerns

LONDON: The English Football Association will increase cyber security for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after hacking attacks by a group suspected of links to a Russian spy agency, media reports said. The FA has written a letter to soccer’s governing body FIFA expressing its concerns about sensitive information such as injuries, strategies and tactics being leaked before matches during the World Cup, British newspapers said. England players and staff have been advised not to use public Wi-Fi in Russia, including the…

Microsoft to continue to invest over $1 billion a year on cyber security

TEL AVIV: US software firm Microsoft Corp will continue to invest over $1 billion annually on cyber security research and development in the coming years, a senior executive said. This amount does not include acquisitions Microsoft may make in the sector, Bharat Shah, Microsoft vice president of security, told Reuters on the sidelines of the firm's BlueHat cyber security conference in Tel Aviv. "As more and more people use cloud, that spending has to go up," Shah said. While the number of attempted cyber attacks was…