CAUSEWAY DELAYS NOT A RESULT OF CYBER ATTACK, BUT A TECHNICAL GLITCH, SAYS ICA

Dear A.S.S. Editor

The ICA had clarified that the slowness of the immigration clearance system at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints that caused hundreds of motorists to be stranded in the two causeways, was a result of a technical glitch, and not an act of cyber attack.

This was good to hear, as that means the worldwide cyber attack had not preyed on Singapore’s government computer systems, or that the computer systems in Singapore’s government organisations are covered well against such attacks. However, this brings the question on why the technical glitch had to happen on the very day people worldwide were worried that the cyber attacks might cripple the running of day-to-day activities. This can be quite serious, as ICA’s technical glitch happened at the causeways, essentially Singapore’s first point of fight against outside terrorism.

While it was in the end not a cyber attack, efforts must not be spared to find out why the technical glitch happened in the first place. We are marketing ourselves as a first world country, surely our checkpoints should not suffer from some technical glitch that can last for hours on end.

Bill Goh

A.S.S. Contributor

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