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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei has recorded a 39 percent surge in cyber attacks in 2018, prompting the head of Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) to call for the strengthening of the country’s cybersecurity to achieve its ‘Smart Nation’ plans. Hj Mas Zuraime Hj Abdul Hamid said BruCERT, which deals with cybersecurity threats, reported 2,976 cyber attacks in 2018 compared to 2,143 cases in the previous year. The BruCERT chief was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Centre For Islamic Banking, Finance And Management’s (CIBFM) Cybersecurity 2020 Seminar at The Rizqun International Hotel on Thursday. Hj Mas said malicious logic or malware; non-compliance activity and user level intrusion continue to be the three most common types of cyber attacks. “Cyber attacks have increased in the last 20 to 30 years but it doesn’t mean that Brunei is specifically targeted,” he said, adding that 2019 figures will be disclosed soon. The head of BruCERT said virus and malware can easily spread with the advent of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and increased connectivity. “In Brunei, there are high (number of) scams where cyber criminals target citizens in sharing their confidential information,” he added. Hj Mas said Brunei needs to be cyber […]

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