Singapore tightens security requirements for new home routers

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Come April 13 next year, home routers will have to meet new security requirements before they can be put up for sale in Singapore. These include unique login credentials and default automatic downloads of security patches. 

The new mandate is aimed at improving the security of these devices, which are popular targets amongst malicious hackers who are looking to breach home networks, according to industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Stipulated as being part of the country’s Technical Specifications for Residential Gateways, the enhanced security requirements were finalised following an earlier consultation exercise that sought feedback from the public and industry. 

While these mandates are set to come into effect from 13 April 2021, home routers previously approved by IMDA will be allowed to remain on sale until October 12 next year.

Users of existing home routers will not need to change their current routers, but they are encouraged to purchase devices that are compliant with IMDA’s cybersecurity requirements for their next upgrade or replacement. Users should also regularly update their device firmware, the agency said. 

“Home routers are often the first entry point for cyber attacks targeting the public, as they form the key bridge between the internet and residents’ home networks,” IMDA said in a statement Monday. “[The] minimum security requirements for home routers [will] provide a safer and more secure internet experience for users, and strengthen the resilience of Singapore’s telecommunications networks.”

The government agency added that the move came amidst continued adoption of networked intelligent devices in homes, such as web cameras and baby monitors, which have given way to higher risks of cyber attacks that target such devices. It noted that Japan imposed similar requirements in April and the UK recently began to evaluate such requirements.

In Singapore, the enhanced security requirements include randomised

New Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore to Transform Customer Experience through Future Mobility R&D

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  • Construction begins with virtual groundbreaking ceremony attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea’s Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo, and Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung
  • HMGICS to serve as an innovation center for future mobility studies
  • Construction due to be completed by the end of 2022
  • Center to lead paradigm shift in mobility value chain, spanning the entire lifecycle of vehicles
  • Small-scale manufacturing capabilities focused on EVs to test a customer-centered manufacturing platform
  • HMGICS to explore new business concepts, including battery-as-a-service

SEOUL, South Korea and SINGAPORE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) celebrated the groundbreaking announcement of the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS) with a virtual ceremony today. The center will act as an open innovation lab for the Group’s future mobility research and development, with the aim of revolutionizing the future mobility value chain.

“HMGICS is a major step forward for Hyundai Motor. The facility is the first of its kind in the world. It will pave the way for more Korean companies to invest here, partner with local suppliers and SMEs, and collaborate with our universities and research institutes,” said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. “Singapore’s goal is to have all our vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040, in line with our Paris Agreement commitments. We hope this will open up new growth areas for our economy, and create exciting jobs for Singaporeans.”

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“Korea and Singapore have cooperated on multiple fronts and the HMGICS represents a new milestone in the continuing collaboration between our two nations,” said Sung Yun-mo, Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. “The key to this collaboration will lie in finding ways to bring together our respective strengths.”

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Hyundai begins building electric vehicle hub in Singapore

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co started construction on a research and development centre in Singapore on Tuesday that will house a small-scale electric vehicle production facility.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the facility may produce up to 30,000 electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2025 and represents an investment of S$400 million ($295 million).

Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive places to buy a car and does not currently have any auto manufacturing capacity. But the wealthy city-state has set out ambitious plans to phase out petrol vehicles by 2040.

“Automotive activities are becoming viable in Singapore once again. EVs have a different supply chain, fewer mechanical parts and more electronics, which plays to Singapore’s strengths,” PM Lee said.

A Hyundai spokeswoman confirmed the 30,000 unit target but said that the exact capacity was yet to be determined. The facility is due for completion by end 2022, the firm said in a statement.

The announcement comes after vacuum cleaner company Dyson last year scrapped plans to build an electric car in Singapore, saying it was not commercially viable.

Singapore plans to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, and make a bigger bet on electrification to cut greenhouse gases and slow climate change.

Hyundai said in a statement its new Singapore facility aims to be carbon neutral by using solar and hydrogen energy, will utilise technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, and will include a test drive track for customers.

The centre is part of Hyundai’s vision to enable future vehicle buyers to customize and purchase vehicles online using a smartphone, allowing production to be on-demand.

($1 = 1.3590 Singapore dollars)

(Reporting by John Geddie and Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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Singapore Firm’s Newcastle Bid In New Turmoil As Exec Quits

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A top executive at a Singapore firm seeking to buy Newcastle United has quit after police launched a probe into his activities, the company said Wednesday, the latest turmoil for the bid.

Bellagraph Nova Group, founded by two Singaporean entrepreneurs and a Chinese business partner, announced in August it was in “advanced talks” to buy the English Premier League team.

But the bid became mired in controversy over allegations that photos had been doctored to show the trio meeting with former US president Barack Obama, and other inconsistent claims.

Police then began investigating a company linked to Singaporean co-founders Terence and Nelson Loh, after an accounting firm lodged a report over unauthorised signatures on the group’s financial statements.

BN Group said in a statement that Terence Loh has now quit the firm to try and resolve the issues related to the police probe into Novena Global Healthcare.

Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper previously reported that he denied wrongdoing.

Bellagraph Nova Group, founded by two Singaporean entrepreneurs and a Chinese business partner, announced in August it was in "advanced talks" to buy Newcastle United Bellagraph Nova Group, founded by two Singaporean entrepreneurs and a Chinese business partner, announced in August it was in “advanced talks” to buy Newcastle United Photo: POOL / LAURENCE GRIFFITHS

The statement also stressed that BN Group is not “linked to Novena Global Healthcare and its forged financial statements”.

Despite growing doubts about the bid, the firm’s Chinese co-founder Evangeline Shen insisted last week BN Group was still serious about the plan.

She said the company’s team recently met a representative of Newcastle’s owner to discuss the bid, reported to be worth 280 million pounds ($360 million).

BN Group’s bid came after a Saudi-backed consortium withdrew its offer to buy Newcastle in late July, following a months-long wait for Premier League approval.

The company has said it oversees 31 business “entities” worldwide, with a group revenue of $12 billion last year and 23,000

Facebook to tap 1,200 rooftops to power Singapore data centre, operations

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Facebook has inked a deal with Sunseap Group to tap solar energy that will power its data centre and operations in Singapore. Generated from solar panels to be placed atop 1,200 apartment blocks and 49 government buildings across the island, the power is estimated to reach 100 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) in capacity when fully completed in 2022. 



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Solar technology is one of the top picks for renewable energy sources in the future.


The agreement with local solar energy company Sunseap was touted to be the largest signed under a virtual power purchase agreement, according to a statement released Monday by Sunseap. Such agreements refer to contracts that outline a pre-agreed price at which the buyer will purchase a project’s renewable energy. This energy can be generated from a renewable energy project located away from a company’s premises, but co-located on the same grid. 

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Under the Facebook agreement, the social media company will receive renewable energy credits from electricity generated from Sunseap’s solar panels located on the rooftops of the 1,200 public housing residential blocks and 49 government buildings. 

The energy procured would go towards Facebook’s goal of using 100% renewable energy to support its operations in the region as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. The company’s data centre in Singapore was its first custom-built facility in Asia. 

To date, Facebook has contracted for more than 5.4 gigawatts of new renewable energy to support its global operations, including its offices in this region. 

Sunseap’s president and executive director Lawrence Wu said: “We believe virtual power purchase agreement is the way to go for enterprises as they accelerate efforts to add renewables to their energy mix. This is a game-changer in Asia’s drive to decarbonise and fight climate change.

“Furthermore, companies that are constrained by a