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In the cyber arms race, South-east Asia is falling behind

As the threat of cyber attacks grows, countries need to do more than invest in sophisticated software and teams of hackers

Nations rarely admit what they can do and how, especially in areas such as cyber espionage.
Nations rarely admit what they can do and how, especially in areas such as cyber espionage.PHOTO: ST FILE

Both the number and severity of global cyber attacks are rising.

Last month, state-backed hackers, widely presumed to be Russian, targeted Colonial Pipeline, disrupting critical oil supplies on the eastern coast of the United States. In South-east Asia a few months earlier, digital intruders went after Singtel and Singapore Airlines, both of which suffered data breaches. Japan says it expects next month's Tokyo Olympics to come under digital assault too.

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