Asia Briefs: Firm's $1.5m payout to hackers criticised

Firm's $1.5m payout to hackers criticised

SEOUL • South Korean Web hosting firm Nayana's recent decision to pay around US$1.1 million (S$1.5 million) to a hacker group has possibly opened the door for more criminals to target South Korea for easy money, security experts said yesterday.

Nayana said paying the money was necessary to save its 3,400 client websites, after the Erebus ransomware paralysed its 150 servers.


KL ordered to reply to Anwar's application

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian government has been ordered to reply to Anwar Ibrahim's application to set aside his sodomy conviction following the allegation that Prime Minister Najib Razak had paid RM9.5 million (S$3.1 million) to prosecutor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, reported Malaysiakini yesterday.

The directive was given by Justice Kamaludin Md Said at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Chinese fugitive turns herself in

BEIJING • One of China's most wanted fugitives has returned and turned herself in, the Chinese anti-corruption authority said yesterday.

Yuan Mei, 46, who was a bank credit clerk, had fled to the United States in September 2002 after being accused of embezzling public funds.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe