Singapore — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore on Thursday called on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) members to strengthen their cyber defence systems, a warning that came after a series of hackings into government sites.
Speaking in Singapore at the opening ceremony of a meeting of Asean telecommunications and information technology ministers, Mr. Lee said “We must not condone such malicious and harmful behaviour,” according to the Straits Times.
“We must strengthen our defences and cooperate to deal with these common threats,” he said.
He was apparently referring to the recent flurry of attacks in Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines over the past two weeks. Malaysia and Indonesia had also been previously targeted.
Lee’s official website and the Singapore president’s were both hacked last week, evidently by members of the activist group Anonymous.
In Thailand, some 2,960 websites were hacked, including 1,250 government sites, from Sept 2012 to Jan 2013, according to the founder of ACIS Professional Centre, an IT security training company, said a report.
In May 2013, the websites of the Thai Prime Minister and of the Education Ministry were also hacked.