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Singapore briefly surpasses Russia as a top spot for cyberattacks

Data from a security firm shows that the island nation is now back in second place with Russia taking the top spot.

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For a brief moment last week, more cyberattacks were launched from Singapore than anywhere else in the world, according to Israeli data security firm Check Point Software Technologies

However, the country's pole position didn't last long -- by Friday, Check Point's threat map updated to show that Russia had overtaken Singapore, pushing it back down into second place. As of Monday, September 24, the two nations still take the top two spots.  

Eying Wee, Check Point's Asia-Pacific spokeswoman, told Bloomberg that it was not unusual for Singapore to be featured among the top attacking countries as much of the internet traffic flowing through Singapore actually originates in other countries.

Earlier in the year Singapore set up a new Defence Cyber Organisation (DCO) in order to monitor and defend the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) networks from cyberattacks around-the-clock.

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, a national agency overseeing cybersecurity strategy in Singapore, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update, Sept. 25 at 9.30 a.m.: Adds Russia update.