Cyber Security = National Security

Malaysia’s over-reliance on foreign cyber information security software may open it to risks of information leaks and intelligence breaches, according to Prof Dr Ramlan Mahmod, the dean for the Computer Science and Information Technology Faculty at Universiti Putra Malaysia in an interview with Bernama today.

Hence the need for the country to produce its own cyber information security software.

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501st Legion Malaysia-Brunei Outpost: The Force is Strong

You walk into a local shopping mall one fine Sunday afternoon and notice a crowd gathering at the concourse area. You approach the crowd trying to find out what the fuss was about and then you see it: Darth Vader and his Imperial Stormtroopers have decided to drop on to our little third rock from the Sun to expand their Imperial might on us puny humans. But wait, they’re also on a drive to gather donations for charity?

Well, if that’s the case, then you may have just stumbled upon the 501st Legion. Specifically, the Malaysia-Brunei Outpost of the 501st Legion.

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#opMalaysia: Hack Attacks on Malaysian Government Websites by Anonymous, et al.

Hacker group Anonymous, which had warned earlier this week of an attack on the official website of the Malaysian government, carried out its threat in the wee hours of Thursday morning by attacking a total of 51 websites and managed to cause disruptions to at least 41 of the websites. (UPDATE: A total of 200 websites were attacked and 60% of the sites belonged to the government).

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), an industry regulator, confirmed the hack attacks started at approximately 11.30pm Wednesday (including on its own site) and subsided by 4am Thursday. It was reported by The Star that government websites like Sabah Tourism, CIDB, and Polytechnic Department were hacked.

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Forest Fables App Retelling the Timeless Malaysian Classics on iPad

Malaysians who grew up in the late 70s and 80s would probably remember the animated stories by Filem Negara centering around the adventures of Sang Kancil and his pals (see here, here and here). Now, Terato Tech, one of the hottest startups in Malaysia, has taken the initiative to re-tell these classic stories in an exciting new medium: an iPad app.

Called Forest Fables, the app is similar the Apple’s iBook app, where you can purchase titles to fill your Forest Fables library. At present, three titles are available; Sang Kancil and the Crocodile, The Vengeful Fox’s Bitter Lesson and The Crow and the Vain Pigeon. The first two titles can be bought via iTunes in-app purchase, while the third is available for free download.

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Super 8: J.J. Abram’s love letter to the adventure movies of the ’80s [Movie Review]

For his directorial follow-up to the smash hit reboot of the Star Trek film franchise, J.J. Abrams has decided to pay homage to the adventure movies of the 80’s; The Goonies, Stand By Me and in particular, since this is his first collaboration with Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The result? Super 8.

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Security vulnerabilities discovered on 1Pengguna portal, account data compromised

On 7th June 2011, the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism launched the 1Malaysia Pengguna Bijak (1MPB) portal which allows users to check the prices of consumer goods sold at 1,255 retail outlets across Malaysia.

The portal proved to be popular with users as it received 3.5mil hits since its launch, causing server downtime, according to Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. According to him, the portal used to be under one system but have been divided to accommodate the high number of hits received. Things have returned to normal, he assured.

Not everything is fine and peachy for the portal. An article on the popular site has claimed that the RM1.4 Million portal is riddled with vulnerabilities which allowed almost all the data contained on the server to be remotely accessed. This data is not limited to prices of goods but also includes such details as user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of over 2,000 users who have registered at the portal.

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Meanwhile, Motorola launches world’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet XOOM in Malaysia

Amidst the excitement over the release of the iPad 2 in Malaysia, Maxis has announced the availability of the eagerly anticipated Motorola XOOM tablet, the world’s first device to run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, from 6th May 2011 onwards, albeit only the Wi-Fi version for now.

The XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

At an exclusive launch at the Ciao Ristorante in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, T. Kugan, Vice-President of Product, Device and Innovation at Maxis said, “Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the coveted Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in Malaysia. User experience will definitely be enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest and fastest 3G broadband footprint in Malaysia, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

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Tricubes secured RM5.3 million MAVCAP funding for MyEmail; MAVCAP goes “Huh?”

MyEmail service provider, Tricubes Berhad held a media briefing on Tuesday April 26 in a move to clarify the highly criticized project which was announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week.

During the briefing, CEO Khairun Zainal Mokhtar revealed that Tricubes had secured from venture capital – RM 5.3 million in convertible securities for the MyEmail project. The CEO was quoted by The Star as saying, “We have secured an initial investment of RM5.3mil from MAVCAP (Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd) and the balance will be funded through equity, debt or a rights issue.”

Yesterday, it was reported by The Malaysian Insider that MAVCAP clarified that its RM5.5 million investment was meant for the development of mobile solutions in Tam Tam Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tricubes Berhad. That means, the MAVCAP investment is NOT for the MyEmail project. This revelation will no doubt intensify speculation over Tricubes’ financial health.

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iPad 2 or white iPhone 4, which one is launching in Malaysia?

LATEST: IT’S OFFICIAL. Apple just announced iPad 2 launch dates – Japan (Thursday April 28) ; Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE (Friday April 29).

Back in March 2011, Apple Inc. announced that iPad 2  will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. April is now coming to the end and the anticipation for the iPad 2 here in Malaysia is reaching fever pitch. (The original iPad was launched in Malaysia in November 2010).

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