Tag Archives: Singapore

ShutterstockThe age-old romantic story of “Boy meets girl” has surely become an awful lot more complicated now the internet has come along. At least, that’s what male computer users in Singapore are discovering.

We’ve warned readers before about some of the dangers involved in finding love online. Such as the true story of the Facebook blind date that turned into a supermarket robbery.

Now, people are being warned about another risk of finding love in the online world – webcam extortion.

But it’s not the familiar headline of perverted hackers blackmailing young women into stripping in front of the camera.

Men Stripping for Webcam Get Extorted | DFI News.

ShutterstockThe Singaporean government has passed amendments to the city-state’s Computer Misuse Act, renaming it the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, and granting itself powers to take proactive measures against a potential cyber threat before it disrupts critical infrastructure.

The Ministry of Home Affairs released a statement detailing the updates to the law and explaining the changes as necessary given Singapore’s increasing reliance on cyberspace. That reliance, the statement says, means the island nation faces “new risks and vulnerabilities” to the critical information infrastructure (CII) from the likes of Stuxnet (which got a mention in Parliamentary debate on the amendments).

The amendments to Section 15 now state that the relevant minister can order a CII-related person or organization to “take measures or comply with requirements necessary to prevent, detect or counter a threat to the national security, essential services, defence or foreign relations of Singapore”.

Singapore Allows Pre-crime Strikes against Online Crooks | DFI News.