Tech Talk: North Asia's Cyber Capabilities - Understanding the Recent Evolution and Prolific Aspects
18 Oct 2022
Level 1 | Exhibition Hall, Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Since the turn of the millennium, North Asia has hitherto leveraged their cyber capabilities in pursuit of the national interest. Over the past decade, there has been a significant uptick in the frequency and sophistication of North Asia's state-sponsored and state-affiliated activity in cyberspace. Of note, in early 2021, North Asian groups rapidly and effectively exploited a series of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange - now collectively known as ProxyLogon and ProxyShell - to target numerous organisations around the world. Also, over the course of the pandemic, these groups targeted hospitals and research institutions for information that confers competitive advantages in science and technology, with an emphasis on COVID-19 related research. Correlating these observations from recent campaigns undertaken by these North Asian groups, notable aspects of their cyber capabilities have emerged. This session strives to provide an insight into the strategic context driving the recent evolution of North Asia's cyber capabilities and reveals the prolific aspects of their contemporary operations. This session culminates in offering recommendations for organisations to address this challenge effectively.