12 customers' personal information accessed during M1 security breach

M1 said preliminary findings of its investigation into Monday's incident indicate that there was a flaw in the customer authentication mechanism on its website​.

Personal information of 12 customers was accessed during the recent M1 security breach, the telco said in a statement on Wednesday.

The information accessed included names and addresses, but not credit card or bank account details. The company is in the process of contacting those affected.


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M1 said preliminary findings of its investigation into Monday's incident indicate that there was a flaw in the customer authentication mechanism on its website​.

"A security flaw existed in the design of an application programming interface in the customer authentication mechanism of our website. By changing data stored within a website 'cookie', this allows possible access to another customer’s personal information," it said.

A security patch which rectifies the flaw has since been deployed, the telco said. Only one case of unauthorised access has been detected so far, it added.

The security breach resulted in pre-orders for the new Apple iPhones on its website being suspended by the company for about 12 hours.


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The Straits Times reported that it was a customer who had alerted M1 to the potential breach of security on Sunday night after hacking into the website by mistake.

M1 said it will be implementing further measures to protect customer data and privacy.

Read our earlier reports on the incident here and here.

Model, 83, set to walk the runway in Singapore during Digital Fashion Week

US model and actress Carmen Dell'Orefice is set to walk the runway at Digital Fashion Week (DFW) next month.
US model and actress Carmen Dell'Orefice is set to take the runway at Digital Fashion Week (DFW) in Singapore. The 83-year-old model is known within the fashion industry for being the world's oldest working model.

Our headline wasn't a typo.

The world’s oldest supermodel, Carmen Dell'Orefice, is set to walk the runway at the Digital Fashion Week (DFW) Singapore 2014 from Oct 31 to Nov 3.

She's definitely not a regular 83-year-old, though.

Dell'Orefice has modelled for many leading brands from Gaultier to Galliano and is known to be one of the youngest Vogue cover girls.

She got her first US Vogue cover at just 16.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

"We are immensely honoured to have such an eminent name in fashion grace our catwalk, and we certainly hope our audience will be just as impressed," said DFW co-founder Charina Widjaja.

Here are five things to know about one of the supermodelling legends: 

1. As a teen, she had little money 

Earlier on in her modelling career, Dell'Orefice and her mother struggled financially because the income modelling provided wasn't enough to sustain the family. 

PHOTO: DFW Creative

She didn't have a telephone so Vogue had to send runners to her home to let her know about assignments.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

To save money on public transportation, she used to roller-skate to assignments. On top of that, Dell'Orefice was so malnourished that fashion photographers had to pin back dresses and stuff the curves with tissue.

2. 80th birthday and honorary doctorate 

In July 2011, just after her 80th birthday, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London in recognition of her contribution to the fashion industry.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

The university sponsored a retrospective exhibition featuring her Vogue covers, career highlights, and photographs from her personal archives.

3. She was married three times

Her first marriage was in the early 1950s when she married Bill Miles. The two have a daughter. 

Despite Miles exploiting his wife financially, by letting him spend US$50 (S$63) from her earnings after he picked up her cheques, she wasn't deterred from the idea of marriage.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

After divorcing Miles, she met photographer Richard Heimann in 1958. Within six months they were married.

And when she finally decided to retire, Heimann left her.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

Her third marriage was to a young architect, Richard Kaplan, in the mid-1960s. The marriage lasted nine years.

4. She still fronts Rolex campaigns

She continues to front the campaign for luxury watchmaker Rolex.

PHOTO: DFW Creative

The luxury watch's advertising campaigns appear in magazines such as Vogue, W, and Harper's Bazaar.

5. Guest appearance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

Talk about diversity. 

Apart from appearing in the 1998 documentary Ageless Heroes, 2002 film The Guru and 2010 film Bill Cunningham in New York, who would have guessed that she would appear in the Law & Order spinoff series too?

But she did. It was in the episode titled Bound aired in May 2004.

Source: Digital Fashion Week

Kompany: Time to step up, City

Vincent Kompany believes it is time for Manchester City to show that they can compete with Europe's best in the Champions League.
Vincent Kompany believes it is time for Manchester City to show that they can compete with Europe's best in the Champions League.

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have accrued enough experience to start challenging for the Champions League title.

The Blues are about to embark on their fourth campaign in Europe's elite club competition in its current format after making it to the Round of 16 for the first time last season.

While City face a tough task against German champions Bayern Munich on Thursday morning (Singapore time), captain Kompany thinks that the English Premier League champions are seasoned enough to give any of Europe's best clubs a run for their money.

Speaking ahead of the clash at the Allianz Arena, the 28-year-old said: "Every single time you come here is an opportunity to prove yourself.

"We now take it as a challenge against one of the top three clubs in the world. It is one of hardest places to come to.

"It's time to start making these games close and making up the gap between ourselves and the other top clubs."

Raising the bar

After claiming their second EPL title in three seasons, expectations at the Etihad Stadium are on the rise and Kompany wants his side to aim even higher.

Said the defender: "You start a season at Manchester City nowadays and it's not acceptable not to put all the trophies on your ambitions list.

"It's a case of me and all the players looking at all the trophies and thinking we have to go until the very end of the season.

"I mean, the club is asking us to win now, so that's one thing. We have come so far in the last four years, we have been successful, but you always want to take it a step further.

"Let's take it in context - we are not favourites by any means for this competition but we would like to compete and challenge."

Source: PA Sport

S'pore force draw with Oman to retain hopes

File photo of goalscorer Safuwan Baharduin.
File photo of goalscorer Safuwan Baharduin.

Singapore's Under-23 football team kept their Asian Games Group C hopes alive after coming from behind to snatch a 3-3 draw against Oman at the Hwaseong Stadium in South Korea on Wednesday.

The odds looked stacked against Aide Iskandar's side when Hamhami Hatem Khamis Jamaial put Oman - whose senior team are 67th on the Fifa world rankings - ahead after 10 minutes.

Courts Young Lions striker Sahil Suhaimi fired home the equaliser barely a minute later when he capitalised on some slack Omani defending.

But Singapore, who are 152nd in the world, were punished for some suspect defending of their own.

Shamas Abdul Majeed Said Dawil restored Oman's lead in the 24th minute before Farsi Saud Khamis Eid gave them a two-goal cushion four minutes later with a well-worked header.

LionsXII midfielder Faris Ramli then pulled one back just before half-time with a spectacular curling effort on 42 minutes.

Late equaliser

After battling through most of the second half, Singapore finally got the equaliser in the 86th minute through defender Safuwan Baharudin, who positioned himself perfectly to guide home a Sahil free-kick with his head.

While the result confirmed Palestine's progress to the Round of 16 after their 2-1 win over Tajikistan, it leaves everything to play for in Group C with the final qualification up for grabs.

Singapore will next face Palestine on Sunday at the Ansan Wa Stadium, while Oman take on Tajikistan at the Incheon Football Stadium in a simultaneous kick-off.

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AFTERIMAGES opens in Singapore Sept 11.

Afterimages is a collection of five short horror stories that unfold when a group of students burn paper effigy cameras for the wandering spirits during the ghost month and they receive films in return.

It stars Mike Kasem, Michael Kwah, Vincent Tee, Melissa Faith Yeo, Adeline Pang and more. 

We have 5 AFTERIMAGES graphic novels to give away, courtesy of Cathay-Keris Films!

All you have to do is answer a simple question in the form below.

Contest ends Thurs, Sept 18, at 11.59pm. Winners will be picked randomly. Judges' decision is final.

Afterimages is now showing in cinemas. 

Gutierrez reveals testicular cancer battle

Newcastle United's Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez has been undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in his homeland.
Newcastle United's Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez has been undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in his homeland.

Spare a thought for Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez, who has revealed that he has been battling testicular cancer.

The Argentinian appeared on television show Indirecto in his homeland and said that the tumour was discovered last year.

He has undergone surgery and had chemotherapy sessions.

"When I was told I had cancer, I went home in tears," said the 31-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Norwich City.

"In May 2013, I felt very tough pains on my testicle. After some wrong diagnosis, an ultrasound detected the tumour.

"I came here and I assumed the costs despite having a contract with Newcastle. Money is not important. What is important is my health. I had to start chemotherapy."


While it has been a trying time for Gutierrez, the ex-Mallorca man has been receiving support from compatriots such as Gabriel Heinze, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Martin Demichelis as well as close friend and Newcastle colleague Fabricio Coloccini.

He said: "This is the most difficult match I've ever played. You start thinking about important things when you have problems like this one.

"I decided to reveal all this because I think this is a difficult moment, but there is nothing wrong with this. These things may help other people."

Source: PA Sport

Footballer David Beckham stops by Changi Airport

David Beckham stopped by Changi Airport on Tuesday for the global launch of Diageo’s new single grain Scotch whisky brand Haig Club.

Looking sexy and suave as ever, retired football star David Beckham dropped by the DFS Haig Club store at Changi Airport on Tuesday, marking the first travel retail campaign for the new brand.

Beckham’s appearance at Changi drew a sizeable audience, who, according to British beverages firm Diageo, is among the first in the world to experience Haig Club, The Moodie Report wrote.

Diageo's collaboration with David Beckham and TV Producer Simon Fuller, Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, was announced in April. 

Fans who managed to catch the star at the airport posted these pictures on social media: 

































Source: Twitter, Instagram and The Moodie Report

China tourists should eat less instant noodles while overseas, says president Xi Jinping

China president Xi Jinping said earlier this week that his countrymen needed to behave better while abroad.

Tourists from China have gained a reputation for behaving badly: They don't queue. They litter. And they apparently eat too much instant noodles.

China president Xi Jinping said earlier this week that his countrymen should behave better while abroad.

He said during a trip to Maldives that "our citizens should be educated to behave in a civilized way", reported the state news agency China News Service.

"Don't throw mineral water bottles around and don't damage the coral reef here," he said. "Eat less instant noodles, and more seafood."

Positive image of China

His comments, which were made during a meeting with Chinese who are living and working there, were greeted with laughter and applause.

Mr Xi said that his countrymen living on the island nation should present a positive image of China.

The Wall Street Journal reported that instant noodles received a special mention because an upscale Maldives hotel had removed electric kettles from rooms booked by China tourist to discourage them from having instant noodles for their meals.

More than 400,000 tourists from China are expected to travel to Maldives this year, Mr Xi said.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, China News Service

Team S'pore rocked by Asian Games withdrawals

Judoka Ang Xuan Yi did not travel to Incheon for the Asian Games because of a severe ankle injury.
Judoka Ang Xuan Yi did not travel to Incheon for the Asian Games because of a severe ankle injury.

Two Team Singapore athletes have been forced to withdraw from the Asian Games just two days before the Asiad's opening ceremony on Friday.

A statement from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced that the two athletes were shooter Hoong Shixiang and judo exponent Ang Xuan Yi.

Hoong had already travelled to Incheon with some of his several shooters when he was taken ill with appendicitis and underwent a successful appendectomy on Monday.

While he is said to be recovering well the Gachon University Gil Hospital, the 22-year-old's condition means he will be unable to compete in the men's 10m air pistol and men's 50m free pistol events.

Hoong is scheduled to return to Singapore on Saturday with his mother, who flew to Incheon on learning of her son's condition.

As for Ang, SNOC revealed that the judoka had sustained a high ankle sprain with a complete tear of a major ligament ahead of the judo contingent's departure from Singapore yesterday and will not travel to South Korea.

The 2011 South-east Asian Games bronze medallist was set to compete in the women's under-57kg category.

The Asian Games closing ceremony will be held on Oct 4.

How much is your virginity worth? $6,200, says Chinese court

A woman in China sued her ex-boyfriend for "violating her right to virginity" after he wooed her with false promises. The court awarded her 30,000 yuan (S$6,200) in compensation.

You can't put a price on love. But you can put a price on your virginity.

A woman in China sued her ex-boyfriend for "violating her right to virginity" after he wooed her with false promises, reports said on Wednesday.

The Pudong New Area People's Court awarded her 30,000 yuan (S$6,200) in compensation.

The pair met online in 2009, but only began dating in September last year.

Three months after a trip to Singapore, during which the couple had sex, the man suddenly broke off contact with the woman.

Pretended to be single

In February, the 35-year-old woman, whose surname is Chen, broke into the man's home and found him with his wife, whom he had married in January last year.

Miss Chen then sued the man, whose surname is Li, for swindling her out of her virginity, accusing him of pretending to be single and pledging to make her his wife, Shanghai media said.

She demanded more than 500,000 yuan in psychological damages and around 1,500 yuan for medical costs.

The court found the original demand "excessive", but said in its ruling that the "right to virginity" should be protected by law as it was a "moral right" related to "sexual freedom, sexual safety and sexual purity".

"Violating the right to virginity might lead to harm to a person’s body, health, freedom and reputation... it ought to be compensated," the court said, though it did not explain how it reached the figure of 30,000 yuan.

The man did not appear in court, but through a lawyer he denied having sex with the woman. He has appealed the ruling.

Source: AFP, Shanghaiist​