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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


Tourism scam suspect claims to be victim

A key suspect, who is the aunt of a female doctor allegedly connected to a bogus tourism company, turned herself in to police on Tuesday, insisting she was also a victim of the fraud. Phongphan Siriwat, aunt of Dr Phannarat Chantharamani, surrendered to Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Thitirat Nongharnpitak, saying she wanted to prove her sincerity and show she had no knowledge of the scam. She insisted she was one of the victims. Ms Phongphan, who has been charged with public fraud, also prepared to submit a bail requestRead More

Nearly 9,000 malware-laden servers, compromised websites found in Singapore-based Interpol operation

SINGAPORE: A cybersecurity operation has uncovered hundreds of malware-infected websites – including government portals – across Southeast Asia. In a statement on Monday (Apr 24), the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) said that the Interpol-led operation identified “nearly 9,000 command-and-control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals”. Command-and-control servers can be used to control malware – malicious software, which can include computer viruses, spyware, and other malicious programmes. “Analysis identified nearly 270 websites infected with a malware code which exploited a vulnerability in the website design application,”Read More

Email from ‘traffic police’ about parking fine is fake, police warns [TODAY Online]

In a new scam, criminals are sending emails claiming that the recipient has an outstanding parking fine, the police warned in a news release on Monday (April 24). These scammers are impersonating the Traffic Police, and include a link in the email for the recipient to download a copy of a bogus parking ticket, as well as another link to a website and a phone number to pay the fine using a credit card. The fake email typically tells the would-be victim that a court appearance for the parking offenceRead More

Burning up: Thailand experiencing longest heatwave in 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heatwave in at least 65 years and authorities have advised people to stay indoors. The average temperature has risen above 40 degrees Celsius in many regions in April, with the mercury spiking one day to a near record breaking 44.3 degrees Celsius. The hottest day ever recorded in Thailand was 44.4 degrees Celsius on April 27, 1960, in the northern province of Uttaradit. According to the Thai Meteorological Department, the average temperature nationwide has surpassed alert levels and the heatwave is expected to continue,Read More