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Friday, May 27, 2016

IT News Week 4 May 2016

For IT News Week 3 May 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 27, 2016 - Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up” in Hong Kong
  • PR - May 27, 2016 - Launch of ‘eHalal.com’ widens halal market reach
  • PR - May 26, 2016 - Children's Day Celebrated The Sunway Lagoon Way
  • PR - May 26, 2016 - Malaysia’s digital transformation solutions on display at CommunicAsia2016
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GL502
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - 7th JD – Huntkey Cup Power Strip Originality Competition Successfully Held
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Maybank, SP Setia, Canon, Spritzer, winners of Readers Digest Trusted Brands Awards 2016
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Brocade Names Harry Chung as Software Solutions Director for Asia Pacific, Japan
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - BAE Systems and Cybersecurity Malaysia Extend Partnership
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - O2O Solutions Provider Ebizu Secured Investments of USD 3Million
  • PR - May 24, 2016 - Zalora Continues to Nurture Young Talents With the Zalora Scholarship
  • PR - May 23, 2016 - ATM is a New Skimmer: Crooks Bring ATMs on Their Side


PR - May 27, 2016 - Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up” in Hong Kong

Kaspersky Lab today announced the “Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up”, an exciting initiative between the global cybersecurity company and students in Hong Kong who are considered the future of the cybersecurity industry.

In partnership with the Department of Future Technologies in Kaspersky Lab, the campus roadshow is open for participation of students of Hong Kong on 30th & 31st May. Students who register for the event will have a chance to meet managers as well as experts from Kaspersky Lab and network with them.

The Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up is an event packed with interesting lessons, workshops and seminars with Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity experts. The event aims to introduce students to the new Kaspersky OS.

The Kaspersky OS is a secure platform for embedded, connected devices (for Internet of Things) that provides flexible security. It is a new operating system developed by Kaspersky Lab.

Experts from the global cybersecurity company will also share their knowledge about living and surviving in a connected world; provide an introduction to the Kaspersky OS where students can ask questions to the expert and get insights on what challenges Kaspersky Lab APAC faces and how they work to overcome it. Students are also able to learn more about the art of cybersecurity from Kaspersky Lab experts in the panel discussion session.

Apart from the talks and discussions, the Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up will also see students participate in fun hands-on activities such as Hackerquest and an interactive simulation game called Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation (KIPS).

PR - May 27, 2016 - Launch of ‘eHalal.com’ widens halal market reach

Malaysia’s leadership in global Halal industry development reached another milestone with the official launch of a comprehensive commerce directory portal ‘eHalal.com’ supported by a worldwide Halal Trust Mark.

The ‘eHalal.com’ portal supports several B2B, B2C, C2C and data pools for the sole purpose of promoting Halal products and services across all platforms covering trade, investments, SMEs and industry. The portal is expected to generate halal trade valued at RM300 million in its first year of operation.

The official launch by the Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed in the presence of former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was witnessed by more than 1,000 guests at a leading hotel in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

In his keynote address, Dato’ Seri Mustapa said, “Many countries are now looking at Halal as an emerging market force and an important value proposition, capable of contributing towards their national economies.”

“The 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) has set the e-commerce GDP contribution at 6.4 per cent (RM114 billion) by 2020. Eventually we hope to enhance contribution of e-commerce to GDP to match that of other countries such as the USA (35%), China (21%) and Taiwan (14%).”

Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, has brought together 11 Halal e-commerce platforms under a single roof in the roll out.

PR - May 26, 2016 - Children's Day Celebrated The Sunway Lagoon Way

Sunway Lagoon celebrated the upcoming International Children’s Day with a Nickelodeon theme. It played host to 100 children from Refuge For Refugees and The Fugee School, treating them to a day of water filled activities at its latest park, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon.

In attendance were Heidy Quah, Founder of Refuge for Refugees, and Deborah Henry, Founder of The Fugee School and Miss Universe Malaysia 2011. It was a day of celebration as the children got the chance to meet their favourite Nickelodeon characters, SpongeBob Squarepants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Boots and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sunway Lagoon Sponsored International Children's Day Celebration on May 2016


Intertwined with Sunway Group’s core values of Integrity, Humility and Excellence, as a part of Sunway’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of enriching the lives of the communities they touch and serve through three key areas: Education, Healthcare, and C.A.R.E. (Community Aid, Reach-out and Enrichment) Projects, this event, under Community Aid is a conscientious effort towards social equality by constantly supporting and working alongside charitable bodies throughout the nation – particularly those that seek to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged.

PR - May 26, 2016 - Malaysia’s digital transformation solutions on display at CommunicAsia2016

21 speakers from 17 organisations in Malaysia will be amongst various global leaders as well as emergent players that will be participating as speakers and forum panelists at CommunicAsia2016, EntepriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016, Asia’s annual premier Information and Communications Technology event that is instrumental in enabling digital transformation of businesses and cities all around Asia.

This year’s exhibition and conferences with participating speakers and panelists discussing issues including regulatory trends in the region, Digital Disruption and Advantages, Cloud Transformation, Enterprise Mobility, along with various technologies and solutions. The four day conference and exhibition will see the participation of an expected 48,000 attendees this year.

Malaysia’s strong participation comes as no surprise, considering its Digital Malaysia program which sees its progression towards becoming a developed digital economy with an ecosystem that promotes the pervasive use of ICT to connect and empower government, businesses and citizens.

Malaysia is very much in-step with this global development and will have a number of speakers sharing about the adoption, implementation and monetization IoT, The country recently launched its National IoT Strategic Roadmap last year in July, which was put together by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) together with its applied research agency, MIMOS, aiming to establish Malaysia as a premier regional IoT hub. Based on the document, IoT is expected to generate 14,270 jobs by 2020, and contributing RM 9.5 billion (USD2.5 billion) to the Malaysian economy.

SHOWS AT A GLANCE:
CommunicAsia2016 / EnterpriseIT2016 Exhibition
Incorporating:
SatComm2016
Date:
31 May - 3 June 2016, Tuesday - Friday
Venue:
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, B2, Level 1 & 3
Opening Hours:
31 May - 2 June 2016: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm | 3 June 2016: 10:30 am -  4:00 pm
Admission:
Business and trade professionals only
Website:
Social Media:
FB | LinkedIn | Twitter - #CommunicAsia2016


BroadcastAsia2016 Exhibition
Incorporating:
ProfessionalAudioTechnology2016
Venue:
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Level 4 & 5
Opening Hours:
31 May - 2 June 2016: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm 3 June 2016: 10:30 am -  4:00 pm
Admission:
Business and trade professionals only
Website:
Social Media:
FB | LinkedIn | Twitter - #BroadcastAsia2016


Conferences at a glance:
CommunicAsia2016 Summit / BroadcastAsia2016 International Conference & Creative Content Production Conference 2016
Date:
31 May - 3 June 2016, Tuesday - Friday
Venue:
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Level 3 & 4
Admission:
Registered delegates only
Website:
http://communicasia.com/conference/conference-highlights/


PR - May 25, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GL502

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix GL502, a compact 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a stunning display that delivers breathtaking visuals.

Asus Strix GL502 Gaming Laptop

  • Strix GL502 delivers an awesome visual experience with a LED UHD IPS display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics
  • Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, and M.2 NVMe PCIe x4 SSD deliver powerful gaming performance
  • Compact, lightweight design that is ultraportable, enabling gamers to enjoy high-end gaming anywhere, anytime
SPECIFICATIONS
Processor
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6 GHz (6M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
Operating system
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Display
15.6-inch LED UHD (3840X2160)
Memory &
storage
16GB DDR4 RAM
1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5' HDD
128GB SATA3 M.2 SSD
Connectivity
1x HDMI 1.4
1x Headphone-out & audio-in combo jack
1x RJ45 LAN
1x mini Display Port 1.2
1x USB 3.1 Type-C (generation 1)
3x USB 3.0
Power supply
180W AC Adapter
62WHr/64WHr 4-cell Lithium ion battery
Size
39.0 x 26.6 x 2.35 cm (GL502VT)
Weight
2.24kg (GL502VT)

SRP: RM 6999

PR - May 25, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - 7th JD – Huntkey Cup Power Strip Originality Competition Successfully Held

Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider, together with JD.com, held the National Final for the 7th JD – Huntkey Cup Power Strip Originality Competition at Mission Hills Hotel Dongguan, on May 17th. Leaders of JD.com and Huntkey, as well as experts from Shenzhen Design Union and National Technical Committee 67 on Electrical Accessories of Standardization Administration of China, attended this distinctive event.

After the fair and open voting by the professionals and the public, the winners of Best Popularity Award, Crowdfunding Award, Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Award finally emerged.


PR - May 25, 2016 - Maybank, SP Setia, Canon, Spritzer, winners of Readers Digest Trusted Brands Awards 2016

Malaysia’s most trusted brands and household names took centre stage at the 18th Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards.

Gina Woon was one of four personalities who have won the hearts and minds of Malaysian consumers this year. Her work for TV3 has seen her recognised as Malaysia’s Most Trusted Television Host, alongside badminton great Dato’ Lee Chong Wei (winner of the Most Trusted Sports Personality), music and comedy legend Raja Azura (winner of the Most Trusted Radio Presenter) and Adibah Noor, winner Most Trusted Entertainer, for her brilliant showbiz career. But these personalities weren’t the only Malaysians honoured. Home-grown companies Bank Islam, Jasmine, Maybank, Public Bank, SP Setia, Spritzer and Sunway Lagoon all took out the highly coveted Platinum awards in their categories.

Gold Trusted Brand Awards were given to products and services that led the polls in their fields, while Platinum Trusted Brand Awards recognise brands that vastly outpolled their competition in the category.

PR - May 25, 2016 - Brocade Names Harry Chung as Software Solutions Director for Asia Pacific, Japan

Brocade announced the appointment of Harry Chung as Director for Software Solutions, Asia Pacific Japan (APJ), where he will be responsible for driving the business and technical development of the company’s software networking portfolio across the region. Based in Singapore, Chung joins from Oracle where he was director for communication product sales. He previously spent 12 years at Cisco where he held various business development and technical marketing positions for service provider and mobile markets in Asia Pacific.

Harry Chung, Director for Software Solutions, Brocade

“I am thrilled to join Brocade at this historic moment as it transforms itself to become a pure-play networking company, with comprehensive solutions that extend from the heart of the data center to the network core and edge,” said Harry Chung. “Software is clearly the future of networking, and Brocade is fully committed to it. I look forward to bringing value to both Brocade and our customers as we help them leverage the network as a platform for innovation.”

Chung lives in Singapore with his family and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

PR - May 25, 2016 - BAE Systems and Cybersecurity Malaysia Extend Partnership

In line with its commitment to support the growth of Malaysia’s cyber security industry, BAE Systems has extended its partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia for a further two years, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU will see BAE Systems and CyberSecurity Malaysia continue to leverage respective knowledge, experience, and capabilities to develop the cyber security industry in Malaysia.

(L-R) CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO, Dr. Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence’s Malaysia Country Manager Barry Johnson

One of the key priorities for the partnership is the continued development of cyber security capability and capacity in Malaysia. To support this, BAE Systems is providing CyberSecurity Malaysia with access to its specialist staff and laboratories for “Common Criteria” product certification. The provision of this additional capacity has already proven successful – supporting the development of Cyber products in the local Malaysian market and enabling the certification of US-developed products in Malaysia.

Further areas of collaboration include National Response Capability in Malaysia; Advanced Security Monitoring Capabilities; and Consultancy to FIPS 140 accreditation activities and a national cryptography scheme development plan in Malaysia.

PR - May 25, 2016 - O2O Solutions Provider Ebizu Secured Investments of USD 3Million

Retail advertising and intelligence technology provider, Ebizu Sdn Bhd, secured investments amounting to USD 3million from Singapore investors in their recent Series A Round which will no doubt significantly enhance Ebizu’s expansion plans within the region.

Established in the year 2013, Ebizu is an O2O (online to offline) solutions provider specializing in retail advertising and location intelligence and is a pioneer within the SEA region. It was named the 2015 Asia Pacific BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) in Connected Retail Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan. Ebizu’s growing merchant network currently stands at 1,900 retail outlets, with the target of 5,000 to be reached by the end of 2016. It also has around 5,000 geofenced points of interest and 10,000 BLE beacons installed across Malaysia and Indonesia at the moment, with hopes to grow that network to 25,000 by year end.

PR - May 24, 2016 - Zalora Continues to Nurture Young Talents With the Zalora Scholarship

Following a successful launch last year, ZALORA, Asia’s online fashion destination, is pleased to announce that the ZALORA Scholarship has returned for its second year. Designed to turn passion into profession, the ZALORA Scholarship will award six tertiary students from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and, for the first time, Taiwan, with a grant and an invaluable industry experience at ZALORA offices.

The theme for the ZALORA Scholarship this year is “Function Vs Fashion: How the Two Coexist in (Major) Trends Over the Decades”. The fashion-meets-function trend is growing rapidly now, more than ever as wearables flood the market. One prime example is the activewear industry as fitness wear becomes more than just clothes for working out. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively and illustrate theirs views on the subject through compelling means and submit their entry in the form of an essay or infographic. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, innovation and relevance to the theme as well as their analytical skills and academic results.

Interested students can find out more about the application details and eligibility criteria at www.zalora.com.my/scholarship/. All queries are welcome at scholarship@zalora.com.

PR - May 23, 2016 - ATM is a New Skimmer: Crooks Bring ATMs on Their Side

A Russian-speaking Skimer group forces ATMs to assist them in stealing users money. Discovered in 2009, Skimer was the first malicious program to target ATMs. Seven years later, cybercriminals are reusing the malware: but both the crooks and the program have evolved, and this time they pose an even more advanced threat to banks and their customers around the globe.

Imagine this situation: a bank discovers it has been attacked. But, strangely, no money has been stolen, and nothing seems to have been modified in the bank’s system. The criminals have just left. But could this be true?

It was a challenge to find the reason for such unusual criminal activity. But during an incident response investigation, Kaspersky Lab’s expert team cracked the criminal plot and discovered traces of an improved version of a Skimer malware on one of the bank’s ATMs. It was planted there and left inactivated until the cybercriminal sends it a control - a smart way of hiding their tracks.

The Skimer group starts its operations by getting access to the ATM system – either through physical access, or via the bank’s internal network. Then, after successfully installing Backdoor.Win32.Skimer into the system, it infects the core of an ATM – the executable responsible for the machine’s interactions with the banking infrastructure, cash processing and credit cards.

The criminals then have full control over the infected ATMs. But they tread carefully. And their actions are skillful. Instead of installing skimmer devices (a fraudulent lookalike card reader over the legitimate reader) to siphon card data, they turn the whole ATM into a skimmer. With the ATM successfully infected with Backdoor.Win32.Skimer, criminals can withdraw all the funds in the ATM or grab the data from cards used at the ATM: including the customer’s bank account number and PIN code.

A scary thing is that there is no way for common people to distinguish infected ATMs. They don’t have any physical signs of being malicious, unlike in cases with a skimmer device when an advanced user can discover if it’s replacing a real card reader of a machine.

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