More cyberattacks are expected in 2018 and good cybersecurity practices are more relevant now than ever. RANSOMWARE attacks will evolve and hit harder in the upcoming years, says Pikom Cybersecurity chair Alex Liew. It will hit harder, covering a wide range of attack surfaces like varied mobile devices, operating systems, Internet-connected devices and more this year,” said Liew. He said unlike older signature files system which could only detect known threats, machine learning used algorithms to predict potential and unrecognised threats. Pikom’s Liew also advised users to secure their home and office networks and to use separate networks for IoTs.
March 18, 2018 23:26 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Italian Andrea Guardini ended his two-year victory drought after winning a bunch sprint to bag the opening stage of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2018. The 28-year-old finished the 147km stage from Kangar to Kulim by chalking up his 23rd stage win in the LTdL. I’m so happy to have started well in this LTdL,” said Guardini after the race. He also leads the points classification with 19 points, seven ahead of Joon-yong and nine ahead of third-placed Wang Bo of Hengxiang Cycling Team. The LTdL 2018 continues with Stage 2 today, which covers 208.2km from Gerik to Kota Baru.
March 18, 2018 23:26 UTC
JOHOR BARU: For MCA, this general election is war. And it needs the strength of the Chinese community to arm itself for the war. Liow however noted that the second largest Barisan Nasional component party needed the support of the Chinese to continue its struggle. The two-hour rally in a packed hall ended with repeated shouts of “jiu guo, jiu jia, gei li ma hua, zhan, zhan, zhan” (save the country, save the family, give MCA strength to go to war). Dr Wee, who is party deputy president and Johor MCA chief, will be defending the seat he has held for three terms.
March 18, 2018 23:15 UTC
BUKIT TENGAH: The demand for Leader Steel Holdings Bhd ’s steel products has grown by 18% in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2017. Leader Steel uses HRC as its core raw material. Although the price of steel per tonne has increased, we expect the margin to contract slightly this quarter due to price pressure,” she said. “The local steel business has improved over the past three years after having faced extremely low pricing in 2015, when China was dumping its steel products overseas. “The China steel prices improved and the domestic market is now absorbing the locally produced steel,” she said.
March 18, 2018 23:15 UTC
MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rubbished claims that Russia poisoned a former spy in Britain, on the eve of international chemical weapons experts heading to the UK to probe the attack. “We have destroyed all chemical weapons,” he added, rejecting Britain’s claim that only Moscow could be behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Technical experts from Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will visit Britain on Monday to collect samples of the nerve agent used in the attack. Chizhov also appeared to suggest that Britain itself may have been the source of the chemical agent. “When you have a nerve agent, you check it against certain samples you have in your laboratories,” he said.
March 18, 2018 23:15 UTC
MADRID: Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Ronaldo has now scored 21 goals in all competitions in 13 games since the turn of the year. The Portuguese star opened the scoring with a deflection after 11 minutes, adding his second off the crossbar three minutes after the break when the two sides had been locked 1-1. Ronaldo teed up Lucas Vazquez on the hour mark before completing his hat-trick four minutes later and adding a fourth in stoppage time. The loss means Sevilla are increasingly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League through La Liga this season.
March 18, 2018 23:15 UTC
SYDNEY: The Asean-Australia Special Summit has proposed that counter terrorism cooperation with Australia be taken to the next level, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said topics related to the terror threat and violent terrorism were among the main topics at the special summit. The PM said in countering terrorism, it was important to ensure that terror groups like the Islamic State would not get new recruits. Najib said the special summit also accepted the Sydney Declaration, which also covered economic cooperation. On the success achieved at the summit, Najib said Australia recognised Asean as an important organisation which had succeeded in promoting regional peace and stability.
LONDON: Indonesian banks will see “more than 12%” loan growth in 2018 thanks to a recovering global economy and a pick-up in commodity prices, the country’s financial regulator said. Wimboh Santoso, head of Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK), said he was confident the sluggish bank lending that has hobbled South-East Asia’s biggest economy was coming to an end. Loan growth in Indonesia has fallen below 10% since the start of 2016, compared with more than 20% during the commodity boom years before that. Reuters reported that OJK was considering setting a cap on interest rates and the size of loans offered by fintech firms, in a move aimed at minimising the risk of defaults. “A lot of foreign banks are interested in coming to Indonesia,” Santoso said.
SYDNEY: Australia’s success in building quality homes without a foreign work force may be studied for implementation in Malaysia. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Australia managed to build such homes using the Industrialised Building System (IBS). Alluding to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he said: “ ... and whatever someone tried to do failed completely. “It’s true he hated Australia and he hated the Australian press, but now he is giving interviews to the Australian press. “I don’t think the level of Australian co-operation would be possible if he was still prime minister,” Najib added.
LEICESTER: Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to keep Chelsea’s chances of silverware this season alive with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. However, Jamie Vardy’s equaliser 15 minutes from time made them do it the hard way in an extra 30 minutes. And Conte hailed his players’ physical and mental strength to shrug off their Champions League disappointment. “He showed great character, he showed to be strong. And it was Pedro who proved the match winner in unfamiliar fashion as he rose to outjump Schmeichel and nod into an unguarded net.
March 18, 2018 23:03 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo continued his scorching scoring run by bagging four goals in Real Madrid's hugely entertaining 6-3 La Liga win over Girona on Sunday. Ronaldo has now netted 22 times in the league this season, trailing Barcelona's Lionel Messi by just three goals. "Cristiano is very important to us, he transmits an incredible amount of energy for the team," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. "Cristiano is three goals from Messi and I hope he can become the top scorer because it's very important to him. But I also want to highlight the work of his team mates, who help him a lot.
March 18, 2018 22:07 UTC
Trump also took aim at former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was sacked on Friday two days before his retirement, and former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by Trump last year over the Russia probe. McCabe had an early role in the Russia inquiry and has knowledge of Trump and Comey’s interactions. Until now, the president has steered clear of directly attacking Mueller, the former FBI director who took over the Russia probe after Comey’s firing May 9, 2017. “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Same with lying James Comey.”McCabe has said he is the victim of a Trump administration “war” against the FBI and the special counsel.
March 18, 2018 21:45 UTC
"It's a personal decision and everyone hopes he stays at Barca because he's a great person. "We know he's a great person who knows he is very important for the club and we'll try everything to convince him to stay," added Ter Stegen. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde added: "For now all we can do is wait and see what he decides to do. Iniesta made his Barca debut in 2002 and has lifted eight Liga titles, five King's Cups and four Champions League titles with the Catalans, who could win a third treble this season. They play AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals in April and meet Sevilla in the King's Cup final on April 21.
March 18, 2018 20:37 UTC
SYDNEY: Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as wildfires that have destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country. No deaths or serious injuries were reported as of Monday morning, but the bushfires have caused extensive damage in rural Victoria and New South Wales states. Emergency officials said conditions should ease on Monday but “watch and act” warnings remained in place for five locations. In the northern city of Darwin, about 25,000 homes were also without power after a tropical cyclone felled trees. In January, hundreds of holidaymakers had to be evacuated by boat from the beaches of the Royal National Park south of Sydney, when they became trapped by bushfires.
March 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
(Reuters) - A goal by substitute Pedro put Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-final with a 2-1 win away to Leicester City after extra time on Sunday. The previous three times Chelsea have knocked Leicester out, in 1997, 2000 and 2012, they won the competition. Chelsea could have repeated their goal when Willian put Morata through again, Kasper Schmeichel bringing off a double save. In extra time, substitute Pedro missed for Chelsea but made amends when the Leicester goalkeeper was caught in no-man's land. The win ended a run of five away matches without success and Chelsea will now be favourites to reach another FA Cup final.
March 18, 2018 18:56 UTC