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Study shows spike in Russian cyberattacks targeting Singapore during Trump-Kim Summit 2018



Threat intelligence research team F5 Labs reported that Russia accounted for 88 per cent of cyberattacks targeting Singapore on 12 June 2018, the fateful Trump-Kim summit day.

The date will do down in history as the day which saw United States President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Singapore, the host nation, saw a surge in cyberattacks from Russia, according to a report by online threat analysts F5 Labs. This was also supported by its data partner Loryka in a blog post on 14 June 2018.

Photo credit: F5 Labs

The blog post stated that 97 per cent of all the attacks originating from Russia targeted Singapore.

On further analysis of the data, F5 Labs shared that approximately 40,000 attacks were launched between 11:00 pm (3:00 pm UTC) on 11 June 2018 and 8:00 pm (12:00 pm UTC) on 12 June 2018.

It added that 92 per cent of the attacks collected were reconnaissance scans looking for vulnerable devices while the remaining 8 per cent were “exploits”, which capitalise on vulnerabilities.

The top attack destination port was the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) port 5060, which is an Internet Protocol phone protocol.

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“It is unusual to see port 5060 as a top attack destination port. Our assumption is that the attackers were trying to gain access to insecure phones or perhaps the VoIP server,” the study said.

It added: “Singapore was the top destination of the attacks by a large margin, receiving 4.5 times more attacks than the US or Canada. Singapore is not typically a top attack destination country; this anomaly coincides with President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un.”

The study highlighted that it was “unclear” what the attackers were looking for or whether they were successful in their attempts. F5 Labs will continue to analyse the data collected.

“We do not have evidence directly tying this attacking activity to nation-state-sponsored attacks,” the study added.

“However, it is common knowledge that the Russian government has many contractors within Russia doing their bidding, and that a successful attack on a target of interest would make its way through to the Kremlin.”

In response to media queries, the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore said it believes that the numbers indicated in the article by F5 Labs are a result of “increased scanning activities on network ports and are not reflective of the occurrence of cyberattacks” linked to the summit.

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“These activities are opportunistic and originate from different sources,” CSA said. “In the lead-up to the summit, CSA was alerted to possible phishing activities. We stepped up our monitoring and put in place preventive measures to deal with potential cyber threats.

“There were no reports of any successful attacks to our Critical Information Infrastructure sectors and related entities during the summit.”

CSA has reached out to the three event hotels in Singapore – Capella, Shangri-La and the St Regis – to provide edification on cyber-security hygiene measures. These include measures to safeguard the hotels’ networks and systems, as well as guests’ data, and ascertain all were sufficiently protected.

CSA said it also worked with various parties to review the infrastructure and network setup at the International Media Centre to reduce the risks of cyber interruptions.

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Jollibee is finally open at Waterway Point and the queues are insane




It is no secret that Singaporeans love their fried chicken, especially the ones from the famous Filipino fast-food chain, Jollibee.

When people heard that an outlet would be opening at Waterway Point on 18 July (Friday), you can bet that many people were pretty excited about the news.

And to show their enthusiasm, some people started queueing outside the store from as early as 7.30am.

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Jollibee snapped some pictures of the insane queues and shared them on Facebook to show everyone how well-loved their fried chicken is.

One reason for the long queues was that the first 100 people in the line were entitled to the very adorable Jollibee pillows. The lucky first 5 customers managed to walk away with the limited edition Jollibee Funko POP! Figurine.

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So, if you’re a fried chicken lover and you live near Waterway Point, you definitely need to check Jollibee’s new outlet out (maybe after the queues have died down)!

Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828763
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Punggol

Photo credits: Jollibee Singapore

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Singapore’s first and only Hello Kitty themed cafe to shut down in 2019



All good things come to an end — and so it shall be with Hello Kitty. Not the actual character of course, but the themed cafe inspired by the iconic feline character at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Earlier today, the 24-hour eatery announced in a Facebook post that they will officially shut its doors for good on February 8, 2019.

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Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

This piece of news came as a shock to Hello Kitty’s throng of diehard fans, who queued up for hours on the cafe’s opening day in May 2016 just to snap selfies with the beloved character. No statement has been issued as to why Hello Kitty Orchard Garden would be closing down, but according to operator Europa Specialty Restaurant, an end of licensing and partnership with Sanrio is the reason for closure.

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Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

To mark its departure, the cafe will be throwing tea parties over two weekends in December. It’ll be all fun and games, and don’t forget to savour their feline-shaped waffles and smoked salmon quiche for one last time.

Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

However, be prepared to spend. A ticket for two sells at $138, and it comes with food and drinks, limited edition Orchids For You figurines and exclusive thank-you cards autographed by Hello Kitty herself.

Guess goodbye really comes at a cost. Buy your tickets here.

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Popular influencer NasDaily releases video celebrating Singapore



After making a surprise announcement that he was coming to Singapore to film a video, popular travel vlogger NasDaily releases a one miniature long video celebrating all the things we take for granted as citizens of the little red dot.

Nas is famously known for his daily one minute videos which he uploads on his Facebook page, NasDaily. The influencer is known for travelling all over the world and learning about cultures and practices and then making videos about them to educate his viewers.

On Tuesday (21 Aug), Nas put out a post on Facebook announcing that he was visiting Singapore on 22 August and asked fans to gather outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium to be part of his video.

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On the day, over 700 people turned up to be part of this experience.

The video, which was released on 23 August, is entitled “Why I Hate Singapore” and it basically celebrates Singapore’s ethnic diversity as well as many things that Singaporeans take for granted such as the food and the fact that we have drinkable and clean water running from our taps.

While the video acknowledged problems Singaporeans face such as inequality and the high cost of living, it did so in a way that glossed over the problems and encouraged people to appreciate what we have.

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At the event meet up itself, which was changed from outside the Esplanade to the Singapore Sports Hub, which agreed to help the star to shoot his video without break-in any anti-gathering laws, participants got to enjoy Nas’s highly energetic self.

The vlogger talked with fans and gave them a glimpse into what producing his videos took.

Despite the crowd, fans were thrilled to be part of this journey with Nas.

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