SINGAPORE: One morning in March, one of our employees received a robocall from a local number.

The automated voice message claimed to be calling from the Ministry of Health of Singapore with an important message about COVID-19.

It was not the first, second or even third time that he received that kind of call. It didn’t go too well for scammers, who chose automation over human interaction, not knowing they were dealing with a cybersecurity professional.

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For one, everybody knows regular working hours for the Singapore government are 9am to 5pm. Except this call was made at 8.13am.


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