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IDA looking into possible compromise of employee records following email threat

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is looking into any possible compromise of employee records following an email threatening to release the personal information of thousands of people associated with a Singaporean security corporation linked to the government.

SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is looking into any possible compromise of employee records following an email threatening to release the personal information of thousands of people associated with a Singaporean security corporation linked to the government.

IDA has also alerted the police of the email, who was sent by someone claiming to be a member of the hacker group Anonymous.

An IDA spokesman revealed this early on Saturday morning in response to a query from Channel NewsAsia about a reported threat from Anonymous over the recent arrests of individuals over the defacement of government websites.

He added that all government agencies have to comply with the government IT security policies and best practices such as conducting regular security tests, scanning for vulnerabilities, and conducting security reviews and audits.

The agencies are also required to protect all data in their possession to guard against unauthorised access, disclosure or modification, whether accidental or intentional.

Where third party vendors are involved, service level agreements are in place to ensure that they maintain the required level of security.

The spokesman said: "Cyber threats are on the rise globally against governments, businesses and individuals. The Singapore government takes cyber security seriously. We do not condone actions designed to intimidate the government."

IDA urges businesses and individuals to take the necessary precautions to enhance cyber security.

Responding to Channel NewsAsia's query, police confirmed that a report was lodged and that they are looking into the matter.

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