Parliament Sitting on 13 September 2021

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER


60. Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information in light of the findings by the Pegasus Project on the spyware of Israeli cyber-arms firm NSO (a) whether there has been or will be any investigation conducted to identify if the operators behind the suspected infection of mobile devices in Singapore, including the operators named “Merlion” and “Ganges”, are operated by NSO’s spyware; and (b) what is the recourse which victims have against such infection.

Answer:

1. Members of the public who suspect that their mobile device has been infected with spyware, including Pegasus, are advised to lodge a Police report or report the incident to the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (or SingCERT).  We are aware of open source claims of potential Singaporean victims of Pegasus, dating from 2018.  These claims cannot be verified as no report has been filed.

2. The threat of electronic surveillance by hostile actors is not new.  Our security agencies continually invest resources to guard against such threats to our systems.  At the individual level, to mitigate the risk of spyware and other malware, we should also adopt good cyber hygiene practices, such as avoiding untrustworthy websites and not opening suspicious attachments.
 
Speech by Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State for Communications and Information, at the launch of SG Cyber Safe Partnership Programme on 7 October Speeches Cyber Security 07 Oct 21
Keynote Address by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, at International IOT Security Roundtable on 6 October 2021 Speeches Cyber Security 06 Oct 21
Keynote Address by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity on 6 October 2021 Speeches Cyber Security 06 Oct 21
MCI’s response to PQ on Public Sector and Companies' Readiness to Deal With Ransomware Attacks Parliament QAs Cyber Security 04 Oct 21
MCI’s response to PQ on Take-up Rate of IMDA's Pre-approved Cybersecurity Solutions among SMEs and Efforts to Increase Awareness on Importance of Cybersecurity among SMEs Parliament QAs Cyber Security, Infocomm Media 04 Oct 21
MCI’s response to PQ on investigation to identify if operators behind suspected infection of mobile devices in Singapore are operated by Israeli cyber arms firm NSO's Spyware Parliament QAs Cyber Security 13 Sep 21