Infocomm Development Authority

IDA: WE STAND BY NISHA AS SHE BELIEVED HER MBA WAS REAL

The IDA says that it is satisfied that applications consultant Nisha Padmanabhan did not deceive the agency by listing the MBA from Web-based Southern Pacific University, an alleged diploma mill, in her resume. The IDA added that Ms Padmanabhan's employment was not based on her MBA, as her position required only a bachelor's degree, and that it also considered her relevant skills and prior work experience.

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IDA SINGAPORE HIRED INDIAN FT CONSULTANT WITH BOGUS DEGREE

Based on revelations on this blog (https://realeyezation.wordpress.com/tag/spu-southern-pacific-university-...), it is said that Geoff Taylor, President of Southern Pacific University (SPU), is under scrutiny after allegations that his company is issuing bogus degrees. Doing a quick search on on LinkedIn, you will be shocked to find the number of PMETs working in important position but using bogus degrees from Southern Pacific University.

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WHAT IS 2-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION (2FA)?

Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, two step verification or TFA (as an acronym), is an extra layer of security that is known as "multi factor authentication" that requires not only a password and username but also something that only, and only, that user has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they should know or have immediately to hand - such as a physical token. Using a username and password together with a piece of information that only the user knows makes it harder for potential intruders to gain access and steal that person's personal data or identity.

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INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CEO REPLACED BY FOREIGN TALENT

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has appointed former EMC executive Steve Leonard as its executive deputy chairman, with civil servant Jacqueline Poh as its managing director. They will replace outgoing CEO Ronnie Tay when he steps down in June. In a statement Thursday, the local ICT regulator said current CEO Ronnie Tay, who has been at the helm of the organization since November 2007, will return to administrative service and await a new posting once he steps down on June 10, 2013.

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1560 SingPass accounts hacked

IDA said that investigations so far show there is no evidence to suggest the SingPass system has been compromised. But if that is the case, then how did someone managed to trigger password reset for 419 accounts? Hopefully IDA and Crimson Logic can finish their investigation soon and stop this from happening again. By the way, usually when there is a hack, I would recommend everyone to change their password. But for this case, I don’t know if changing your password will help or not. It seems like someone managed to change the registered mobile number in the system for 2FA and used that to reset the password. Changing your SingPass password does not do anything unless your account has been compromised.

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I WAS UNABLE TO LOGIN TO SINGPASS SINCE END OF MAY 2014

Thinking that something is wrong somewhere, I logged in. Again. And again. What the h*ll? Why do I need to login multiple times without being able to do something simple like change my appointment date?! If that’s the case, then, something is very wrong somewhere. I know there is this Heartbleed issue going on. I use Chrome to do it and using the government internet to login to the government website. I’m in the same sector and I get rejected. Bloody barnacles!

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SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT SINGPASS SYSTEM HACKED - OVER 1500 ACCOUNTS COMPROMISED?

Over 1,500 SingPass users may have had their IDs and passwords accessed without their permission. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) was notified on Monday (June 2) by the SingPass operator that a number of users had received a SingPass password reset notification letter, even though they did not request for a password change. IDA's preliminary investigations show that 1,560 users' IDs and passwords were potentially accessed, of which 419 passwords were reset. Password reset notification letters were sent to the registered address of SingPass account holders.

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