Spying in Singapore? Inevitable given hosting of high-level events amid geopolitical tensions, say experts

Spying in Singapore? Inevitable given hosting of high-level events amid geopolitical tensions, say experts

Berlin claimed that a student dialed in through an “unauthorised link” from a Singapore resort when Russian media leaked a documenting of a European military telephone call before in March.

The student was present at the Singapore Airshow. European defense secretary Boris Pistorius claimed that the February event would have been a “field time” for Russian intelligence and that “widespread surveillance work” may include targeted establishments where participants were staying.

According to international safety authorities, Singapore “inevitably” attracts knowledge businesses given high-level events that are held in the nation amid geopolitical tensions.

But&nbsp, Singapore’s gateway status is unlikely to take a strike, they said.

However, hotel and event planners confirmed to CNA that they offer protection assistance, including conducting washes for surveillance equipment and coordinating with telcos.

According to Dr. Alan Chong, senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies ( RSIS), “Cyberespionage is occurring everywhere.”

” In terms of the political place of Singapore, to me it’s no wonder. We were now a base of operations by both the Communist forces and the European powers since the Cold War, much before the modern era.

According to Dr. Chong, as cyberespionage makes rural spying possible even without an agent present, intelligence operations will take place more often around the world.

Mr Stephane Duguin, CEO of CyberPeace Institute, said higher- report events taking place amid social tensions carry dangers.

” Singapore is one of the leading centers when it comes to cyber”, he said. Therefore, it should n’t come as a surprise that the risk profile is altered by this.

This was also expressed by Mr. Benjamin Ang, senior colleague and mind of the RSIS’s Center of Excellence for National Security.

According to him,” Spying is as old as history, but the present geopolitical tensions make it particularly useful for governments to drip sensitive information they have discovered.”

Dr. Shashi Jayakumar, the executive director of SJK Geostrategic Advisory, concurred that intelligence service may be trying to “tempt” targets for high-value info when they attended events in Singapore.

In the case of the leaked European telephone, it was discussed whether Ukraine could support Ukraine against Russian aggression, including whether or not long-range Taurus boat weapons might be delivered to Kyiv.