SINGAPORE: Imagine being in a large, dark house - there are cameras, but you can't see in all the corners. This is how Mr Eric Nagel, general manager for APAC at cybersecurity firm Cybereason, characterises the way the company hunted down a ransomware attack in a high-end Asian manufacturing company. In a ransomware attack, hackers - or threat actors - use malicious software to encrypt files on a device, then demand ransom, typically in cryptocurrency, to undo their work. The first signs of suspicion in this attack came from some abnormal communication between machines. Aware that something was wrong, but not knowing why, the company reached out for help. Working like snipers, Cybereason threat hunters searched for the ransomware, while sales engineers and technical consultants mapped the enterprise’s ecology, pinning down the servers, workstations, laptops and operating systems. Then they deployed the latest cybersecurity solution - an endpoint detection and response tool, ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: How ready is Singapore for a major ransomware attack?
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Supermarket operator Sheng Siong Group announced that it will be opening its fourth store in China. Its subsidiary, Sheng Siong (China) Supermarket, had entered a lease agreement with Yunnan Tengda Yuntong Real Estate for a 30,772 sqft (2859sqm) retail space, according to The Business Times on July 21. The new store will be located in Kunming in Yunnan province, and is expected to be operational before the end of the year. Sheng Siong previously announced the opening of its third store in early June, also in Kunming. The retail space for this outlet is around 37,800 sqft (3512 sqm), and it is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2021. Opportunities in China Sheng Siong opened its first store in China in 2017. Although Maybank Kim Eng analyst John Cheong told Singapore Business Review in 2018 that the Group could lose S$6 million in sunk costs if its expansion ... » Learn More about Sheng Siong Group to open 2,800sqm store in China, 4th in 4 years
While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission. Of Singapore's 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday's data showed. While seven cases of serious illness required oxygen, and another was in critical condition in intensive care, none of the eight had been fully vaccinated, the health ministry had announced. "There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected," the ministry said, adding that all the fully vaccinated and infected people had shown no symptoms, or only mild ones. Infections in vaccinated people do not mean vaccines are ineffective, experts said. "As more and more people are vaccinated in ... » Learn More about Vaccinated people make up 75% of recent Covid-19 cases in Singapore, but few fall ill
A medical worker prepares a syringe at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Singapore, March 8, 2021. (REUTERS/File Photo) SINGAPORE – Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore’s COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp-up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated. While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission. Of Singapore’s 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday’s data showed. While seven cases of serious illness required oxygen, and another was in critical condition in intensive care, none of the eight had been fully ... » Learn More about Vaccinated people make up 75% of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore, but few fall ill
Versatile, delicious and available at a range of prices, there’s a type of bread out there for any and everyone, no matter if you’re looking for the best deli sandwiches money can buy, or you’re hunting down the best bakery on the island. And sourdough bread ranks amongst the healthiest of this food group, functioning as a prebiotic alongside a low glycemic index. Here’s where to find the best sourdough in Singapore : Mr. Kneady’s The founder of Mr Kneady’s, Lionel Hor, brings experience from working in bakeries all over the world, from New York to Iceland. The irresistible aromas of freshly baked bread permeate the hawker centre that this bakery is located in. Focusing solely on sourdough, options range from traditional White ($3) and Wholemeal ($3) to the intriguing Cranberry Tumeric ($3.50) made with dried cranberry and turmeric powder. You can even get Sourdough Pizza ($12) in four different flavours. Mr Kneady’s is located at 348 Bedok Rd, #02-24 The Bedok ... » Learn More about Best sourdough bread in Singapore: 10 places to get yourself the perfect loaf
TOKYO: Taiwan's Tai Tzu-Ying said she will have to cut out the mistakes if she is to make an impact at the Tokyo Olympics and will only begin to think about the threat posed by China's Chen Yu Fei if they both advance to the final. World No 1 Tai looked good in winning the opening game against Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet 21-7 in their group match but was less tidy in the second, allowing her opponent, ranked 45 places below her, to pick up 13 points before Tai secured the win. "I need to reduce the number of mistakes I make and try to get into the rhythm of the match faster ... I can't control my mistakes," Tai said after the match at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza. "I don't perform very well, especially during the Olympics, so I hope that this time around I can improve." Tai needs to tighten her game if she is to defeat world number two Chen Yu Fei. "I'm not worried about that (Chen) for the moment because based on the group matches, I need to go to the final to be able to ... » Learn More about Olympics: Taiwanese badminton player Tai focused on fixing her mistakes, not thinking about Chen threat
With Elon Musk’s SpaceX shuttling Nasa astronauts to the International Space Station and Virgin Galactic planning to begin commercial flights next year, space has never been more accessible. For the business-minded, it’s never had more commercial potential. Around US$3.25 billion (S$4.4 billion) was invested in space start-ups in 2018, while a 2020 report by Morgan Stanley predicted the space economy could be worth up to US$1.1 trillion by the 2040s. Space was once the exclusive domain of superpower space agencies, but now entrepreneurs and tech-savvy start-ups are pushing the extraterrestrial boundaries. The space industry is opening up new frontiers in Southeast Asia, with Singapore fast emerging as a regional hub for a growing tribe of scientists, inventors, designers and so-called astropreneurs with their sights set firmly on the stars. A recent arrival is Zero-Error Systems (ZES), which in October was funded to the tune of US$1.85 million by a group of investors that ... » Learn More about Rocket and chips: The start-ups driving Singapore’s space race
SINGAPORE: On Wednesday (Dec 2), Tampines Rovers secured qualification for the group stage of the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League - the first team from Singapore to do so since 2010. Much has changed in Asia’s premier club competition since the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC), now known as Warriors Football Club, was knocked out after finishing third in its group. The tournament has grown in a number of ways. It will feature 40 teams next year, an increase of eight from 2020. Standards have also risen since 2010. Chinese clubs have invested considerable amounts in world famous players and coaches with the likes of Shanghai SIPG lining up former Brazilian internationals Hulk and Oscar, whose combined transfer fees cost a reported US$150 million in 2016. READ: Commentary: Salim Moin’s death reminds us of a rare breed of Singapore footballers Spaniard and 2010 World Cup winner Andres Iniesta, who won four UEFA Champions Leagues, is now ... » Learn More about Commentary: Great that Tampines Rovers is playing with the best in Asia. But what will that do for local football?
SINGAPORE: “Are you going to email the form teacher?” asked one mum from my son’s Secondary 1 parents’ WhatsApp group after I’d inadvertently opened the Pandora’s box by wondering aloud if anyone else was concerned that our boys’ school was near the heart of a COVID-19 cluster. The replies came fast and furious. Parents were worried their children took public transport and shared the same commute with students from many affected schools and tuition centres in the East. Another pointed out that despite the lack of reported COVID-19 cases at the school thus far, many boys there had younger siblings who went to an affected primary school nearby. I gulped nervously. Next came the pings from my daughter’s Primary 2 parents’ WhatsApp group, circulating a REACH e-feedback form for parents to state their concerns about COVID-19 infections in schools. A deluge of comments followed. READ: Commentary: The struggle mums in their 30s, 40s face juggling young kids and work is real ... » Learn More about Commentary: Our juggling act with home-based learning last year was mental
SINGAPORE: Snuck inside the Emerging Stronger with Skilled Workers and Innovative Businesses section of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s Budget 2021 speech on Tuesday (Feb 16) were four short paragraphs on salary increments for nurses and other healthcare workers. COVID-19 has richly demonstrated that "lives or livelihoods" is a false dichotomy. Lives and livelihoods’ is the correct paradigm. Take for instance, three key economic sectors for Singapore; aviation, aerospace and tourism, all of whom are on life support and will continue to need propping up until borders re-open. READ: Emerging stronger from COVID-19 crisis the focus of Budget 2021 READ: Commentary: This is why Singapore needs to save its airlines and aviation sector Our economic resuscitation is premised on this and citizens and visitors alike are assured that they are safe from COVID-19, whether attending an event in Singapore, or simply transiting through Changi Airport. Underpinning this safety ... » Learn More about Commentary: Paying nurses more is long overdue but they need clearer professional ladders too