240 govt entities, banks come under cyber-attacks
An estimated 240 major government organisations along with commercial banks have come under major and coordinated cyber-attacks very recently. Terming cyber-attacks outrageous, the state-backed Bangladesh e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT) reports that important organisations have seen distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber-attacks during its regular monitoring. Most of the ministries, including foreign ministry, have witnessed the attacks. The BGD e-Gov CIRT has written to all the key organisations, including important data infrastructure, requesting them to take appropriate action to prevent such attacks in the coming days. The government formed the BGD e-Gov CIRT under the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) just after the heist of the central bank’s reserve to combat any such fatal intrusions further.In 2021, at least 147 public-private organisations, including banks and non-bank financial institutions, came under attack, showing their utter vulnerabilities, according to the CIRT. It disclosed that the incidents increased to 870 in 2018 from 683 in 2017. The figure was 379 in 2016. Of the attacks, vulnerability accounts for 63.2 per cent, intrusion or hackings 5.7 per cent, malicious code 22.5 per cent and abusive content 4.5 per cent.
DSE cement sector sees highest gain
The cement sector of the stock market saw the highest price appreciation last week following investors’ increased participation. The market capitalisation of the sector having seven companies also soared by 6.3 per cent on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) during the period. Last week, Dhaka Stock Exchange saw three trading sessions as the market remained closed on Monday and Thursday due to public holiday. The cement companies posted a turnover of Tk 204.20 million in the past week, an increase of 15.10 per cent from the turnover of Tk 177.4 million in the week before the last one.The share price of Heidelberg Cement Bangladesh closed at Tk 189.90 each, jumping 4.57 per cent or Tk 8.3 during the week. The share price of Meghna Cement advanced 2.88 per cent or Tk 2.0 and closed at Tk 71.40 each on Wednesday. The Premier Cement Mills’ share price closed at Tk 46.70 each, gaining 4.0 per cent or Tk 1.80. Confidence Cement saw its share price advance 2.87 per cent or Tk 2.7 last week to close at Tk 96.60 each on Wednesday. The share price of Crown Cement PLC remained unchanged during the week and closed at Tk 74.40 each on Wednesday.
Big poultry cos made Tk520cr profit in 15 days
Big companies producing chicks, eggs, and broilers made an additional profit of around Tk520 crore from the market in just 15 days by prompting a market volatility, according to the poultry farmers and dealers’ organisation Bangladesh Poultry Association.At the press conference, leaders of the organisation said the daily demand for eggs in the country is 4.5 crore pieces, while the companies supply 2.5 crore pieces. The rest comes from marginal farmers.
Local and Global Stock Indices *
|Index Name||Close Value||Value Change||Percentage Change|
|↓292.30||↓ 0.86 %|
|Nikkei 225||$ 28,930.33||↓11.81||↓0.04%|
World Commodities *
|Commodity||Close Value||Value Change||Percentage Change|
|Crude Oil (WTI)||$ 90.77 ||↑0.27||↑0.30 %|
|Crude Oil (Brent)||$ 96.72 ||↑0.13||↑0.13 %|
|Gold Spot||$ 1,747.06||↓11.55||↓0.66 %|
Major Currencies Exchange Rates Movement in Last Seven Days *
|USD 1||BDT 95.0000|
|GBP 1||BDT 114.9215|
|EUR 1||BDT 96.6530|
*World Commodities & Local and Global Stock Indices data are taken from bloomberg.com<
* Exchange Rates are taken from BB website, as on latest update.<