APAC

Millions of Pakistanis may get SIMs blocked if COVID vaccine is refused
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Policy & legislation

Millions of Pakistanis may get SIMs blocked if COVID vaccine is refused

The strategy is being employed by health officials in the Punjab province to try and encourage more of the population to get jabbed
15 Jun 2021
Toshiba aims to reassemble board after “management chaos”
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business management

Toshiba aims to reassemble board after “management chaos”

An investigation found the company colluded with the Japanese government to put pressure on activist shareholders
14 Jun 2021
TSMC plans for new semiconductor plant seen as major win for Japan
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Hardware

TSMC plans for new semiconductor plant seen as major win for Japan

The country is hoping to build a manufacturing base to immunise it from global shortages
11 Jun 2021
Hong Kong considers own centralised digital currency
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digital currency

Hong Kong considers own centralised digital currency

The plans form part of the “Fintech 2025” strategy to drive the development of fintech in the region
10 Jun 2021
Japan and Finland collaborate on 6G development
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Network & Internet

Japan and Finland collaborate on 6G development

Industry groups from both countries have partnered to lead the formation of 6G standards
9 Jun 2021
US and Australia arrest 'hundreds' in encrypted messaging sting
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encryption

US and Australia arrest 'hundreds' in encrypted messaging sting

The 'Anom' app was installed on phones distributed by authorities and has led to arrests in 18 countries across the globe
8 Jun 2021
NSW Health admits patient data was breached in Accellion attack
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cyber attacks

NSW Health admits patient data was breached in Accellion attack

It warned that 'identity information' and 'health-related personal information' were both accessed
7 Jun 2021
NSW Police Force is using AI to analyse CCTV footage
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artificial intelligence (AI)

NSW Police Force is using AI to analyse CCTV footage

The Australian police force expects to migrate its Insights AI/ML platform to Microsoft's Azure cloud
7 Jun 2021
Australian businesses point to poor internet speeds and lack of skills for limiting IT use
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Business operations

Australian businesses point to poor internet speeds and lack of skills for limiting IT use

A survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics also highlighted that the use of cloud computing has continued to grow
4 Jun 2021
Fujifilm hit by suspected ransomware attack
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ransomware

Fujifilm hit by suspected ransomware attack

Company shuts down part of its network while it investigates the situation
3 Jun 2021
Japan to lure semiconductor makers with financial incentives
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Hardware

Japan to lure semiconductor makers with financial incentives

Semiconductor technology is now “as important as food or energy”
3 Jun 2021
Vocus subsidiaries Dodo and iPrimus fined $2.5m for misleading broadband claims
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Policy & legislation

Vocus subsidiaries Dodo and iPrimus fined $2.5m for misleading broadband claims

This comes after an investigation carried out by the Australian competition and consumer watchdog
2 Jun 2021
Woolworths Group joins end-to-end payments industry with Wpay
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Business strategy

Woolworths Group joins end-to-end payments industry with Wpay

The platform will support in-store and digital payments, a digital wallet, and merchant analytics
2 Jun 2021
Japan funds $338 million TSMC chip development project
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Hardware

Japan funds $338 million TSMC chip development project

The country is hoping to increase investment in semiconductor research to combat the ongoing global shortage
1 Jun 2021
Microsoft's Asia-Pacific cyber security council to unite policy makers
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cyber security

Microsoft's Asia-Pacific cyber security council to unite policy makers

The council aims to share best practices and provide a strong communications channel in the event of a cyber attack
1 Jun 2021
Japanese government data stolen in Fujitsu hack
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hacking

Japanese government data stolen in Fujitsu hack

Hackers gained access to the data through Fujitsu's project management software
28 May 2021
New Zealand health service hackers send stolen data to press
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cyber attacks

New Zealand health service hackers send stolen data to press

Local media have confirmed they won’t make the information public and have referred it to the police
26 May 2021
WhatsApp sues Indian government over new privacy laws
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data protection

WhatsApp sues Indian government over new privacy laws

The law requires social media companies to identify users when authorities demand it, which could see the end of encryption
26 May 2021
IBM collaborates with Indian universities on quantum research
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Cloud

IBM collaborates with Indian universities on quantum research

The company wants to grow a “quantum-ready workforce” in the country by offering its systems to 11 educational institutions
25 May 2021
Indian police visit Twitter over "manipulated" tweet
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Policy & legislation

Indian police visit Twitter over "manipulated" tweet

The social media company tagged posts of a document by a ruling party spokesperson as “manipulated media”
25 May 2021
Sabre Systems IT outage hits global airline operations
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IT infrastructure

Sabre Systems IT outage hits global airline operations

Virgin Australia had to cancel over 30 flights over the weekend although it says the issue has now been resolved
24 May 2021
Air India cyber attack exposes 4.5 million customers’ data
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cyber attacks

Air India cyber attack exposes 4.5 million customers’ data

The breach involved personal data registered over a ten year period including credit card, passport and date of birth information
24 May 2021
Microsoft expands retail tech presence in China with Hanshow deal
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Cloud

Microsoft expands retail tech presence in China with Hanshow deal

The Chinese retail tech company will use Azure to manage its technology at over 20,000 stores across 50 countries
21 May 2021