New Study Shows Threat to Philippine Consumers From Piracy Sites Remains Greater Than Ever

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), with Dr Paul Watters of Cyberstronomy, have released a new report, “Consumer Risks from Piracy in the Philippines”, that once again highlights the possible dangers Filipino consumers face when accessing pirate sites.
The report found that Filipino consumers visiting pirate streaming sites are 21.66 times more likely to be infected with malware compared to mainstream sites (with a verifiable detection rate of 10%(1)). When visiting pirate torrent sites, Filipino consumers are 16.66 times more likely than mainstream sites to be infected with malware (with a verifiable infection rate of 18%). Those consumers impacted can be infected with some of the most serious malware types, such as trojan horses that could be used for lateral movement and remote access by sophisticated attackers.

The “Consumer Risks from Piracy in the Philippines” report builds off a 2022 report by Cyberstronomy, “Time to Compromise”, which looked at malware risks in Asia-Pacific and found that a typical user visiting a pirate site could be infected by ransomware, several trojan horses, and other Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) within 42 seconds on a Windows machine and within 1 minute and 18 seconds on an Android device. The results of the 2022 report supported the hypothesis that there is a nexus between piracy and malware infections, where site operators generate significant revenue from allowing malicious ads to be placed on their sites. Malware can in turn gain access to consumer PCs and mobile devices, and all of the data held in storage, but also access to banking login details and other sensitive logins(2).

Matt Cheetham, General Manager of CAP, noted, “Evidence continues to mount that far from being a victimless crime, piracy can victimize consumers.” Cheetham also noted that it is more timely than ever that the site blocking legislation recently introduced into the Senate by Senators Estrada and Villar passes quickly. “We look forward to the successful passage of site blocking legislation in the Senate that will allow the Philippines to both protect its consumers from online harm posed by pirate sites and grow its economy,” said Cheetham.

(1) In addition to the relative risk calculations, researchers verified that 10% of visits to pirate streaming sites resulted in malware infection.
(2] Some malware infetions are also relatively benign for consumers, and during any particular sampling period the malware detection rate and relative risk may fluctuate due to random variation.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

Researcher Biography
Professor Paul A. Watters is Honorary Professor in Criminology and Security Studies at Macquarie University, Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at La Trobe University, and CEO of Cyberstronomy Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based startup that develops Governance, Risk and Compliance software for cybersecurity. Professor Watters is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Professor Watters has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers in cybersecurity, data mining, and cognate fields, which have been cited more than 4,832 times by his peers. He is consistently in the top 10% of all researchers by paper downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).

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Huntington Study Group Announces Positive Topline Results for Virtual Unified Huntington’s Disease Rating Scale® (vUHDRS®) Study

 The Huntington Study Group (HSG) together with its wholly owned subsidiary, HSG Clinical Research, Inc., a world leader in conducting clinical trials for Huntington’s disease (HD), today announces positive topline results from its Virtual Unified Huntington’s Disease Rating Scale® (vUHDRS®) observational study. This novel, innovative study assessed the reliability of virtual use of the HSG’s standard assessment tool, the Unified Huntington’s Disease Rating Scale (UHDRS®).

The analysis of the data was consistent with key portions of the scale showing excellent reliability. Specifically, the modified motor portion and the primary outcome measure of stage, the Total Functional Capacity, had high intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). In addition, all other functional, cognitive, and behavioral sections had ICCs consistent with excellent reliability. The vUHDRS® study may assist with the development of remote and hybrid trials thereby reducing participant burden and increasing availability of data.

The vUHDRS® study, funded and sponsored by Huntington Study Group, was inspired by the necessity to break down barriers, and allow remote assessments in HD trials. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated vUHDRS™ development. The study was conducted at 16 HSG sites in the United States. Fifty-nine participants completed the study with about half using their own devices and the other half using HSG-provided tablets and portable Wi-Fi connections.

“These results are exciting for clinical research and patient communities. Clinical research in Huntington’s disease is one step closer to being more accessible to a larger population and offers the opportunity for more access to remote care in HD,” said Samuel Frank, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Principal Investigator of the vUHDRS® study. “The lessons learned and data from this study supports our belief that this key endpoint for HD studies can be effectively delivered in a virtual setting, thereby improving overall care and development of treatments for our patients and families impacted by HD.”

The vUHDRS® results will be presented at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-31, 2023, and at HSG’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ, November 2-4, 2023.

About the Unified Huntington’s Disease Rating Scale (UHDRS®)
The HSG developed and owns the UHDRS® which was established in 1996 to assess motor, cognition, behavior, and function in patients with Huntington’s disease in a standardized manner. The UHDRS® in part or in whole is commonly used as the primary endpoint in many HD trials. To learn more about the tool including licensing information, visit

About Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive hereditary neurodegenerative disease characterized by movement disorders, psychiatric difficulties, and cognitive changes. HD symptoms usually present in middle adult life but can begin at any age. HD is a rare disorder — about 200,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed but many more are at risk for inheriting the disease from a parent. Huntington’s disease impacts people of all genders, races, and ethnicities. While symptomatic treatments are available, a cure for HD has not yet been discovered.

About Huntington Study Group / HSG Clinical Research
The Huntington Study Group (HSG), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 in Rochester, NY, and its wholly owned subsidiary, HSG Clinical Research, Inc., designs and conducts clinical trials through the world’s first and largest collaborative network with thousands of members at more than 130 HSG credentialed research sites worldwide. HSG is dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by Huntington’s disease through research, education, and collaboration. For more information, visit

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Hong Kong – DEVB’s response to the DEP’s decision on EIA Report on Technical Study on Partial Development of Fanling Golf Course Site – Feasibility Study

DEVB’s response to the DEP’s decision on EIA Report on Technical Study on Partial Development of Fanling Golf Course Site – Feasibility Study


     In response to the Director of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) conditional approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report on the Technical Study on Partial Development of Fanling Golf Course Site – Feasibility Study, a spokesman of the Development Bureau (DEVB) said today (May 11):

     The Government gazetted the draft Fanling/Sheung Shui Extension Area Outline Zoning Plan (the draft plan) last year proposing the development of public housing with 12 000 units at the northernmost portion of the 32 hectares of land east of Fan Kam Road in Fanling Golf Course. The southern portion of the site would be used for conservation and recreational use, which would be opened for public enjoyment under appropriate regulation.

     Following the approval of the EIA report, the Town Planning Board (TPB) will arrange public hearings for the representations and opinions submitted by the public on the draft plan. In order to allow sufficient time for the TPB to complete the hearing and deliberation process, the Planning Department will recommend to the TPB to seek permission, according to the Town Planning Ordinance, for extension of the deadline for submission of the draft plan to the Executive Council by six months to November 30, 2023.

     The DEVB noted that the DEP’s approval comes with certain conditions, including that the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), as the project proponent, should review the layout design, building height and development density of the public housing development, with a view to preserving the woodland within the housing site as far as possible and minimising the impact on tree preservation, landscape and visual aspects arising from the housing development. The CEDD is also required to submit to the DEP for approval, prior to the development, documents on the proposed revised layout design of the public housing development and tree preservation, landscape and visual aspects, etc.

     The CEDD will work with the relevant departments to follow up on the DEP’s requirements and report to the TPB. Although the layout and development parameters of the public housing are subject to review, it remains the intention of the Government to develop public housing at the northernmost portion of the area. 

     Irrespective of the progress of the town planning process, the short term tenancy covering the 32 hectares of land will expire on August 31, 2023, and the Government will take back the relevant land on September 1, 2023, as planned. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the land, including the northernmost portion earmarked for public housing development until such is handed over to the CEDD for commencement of works. The LCSD will make separate announcement on the management and detailed opening arrangement. Separately, as the Government previously stated, in case the Hong Kong Golf Club requires temporary additional land in future for supporting the organisation of major events, the relevant departments would be happy to provide appropriate assistance where possible.

Pioneering Study of Leaders Across Health & Wellbeing Industries Reveals Unique Opportunity

 Wisdom Works Group released a pioneering report of leadership across the health and wellbeing industries. “Leading in the Health and Wellbeing Industry 2023: Are we walking our talk?” reveals a unique opportunity for these leaders to enhance wellbeing for themselves and the people and organizations they serve. The report findings are a clarion call for the health and wellbeing industry to make thriving a standard of success for leadership and industry impact.

The first study of its kind, Wisdom Works sought to determine: As leaders of health and wellbeing industries, are we thriving personally? Are we advancing wellbeing through how we lead? Wellbeing has become a driver of brand performance, workforce engagement, and social and environmental change—and is one of the central challenges and opportunities of leadership today. The wellbeing leadership agenda is even more crucial for organizations in the health and wellbeing industry because it is an industry that the rest of the world looks to for health and wellbeing solutions and advice.

“Leading in the Health & Wellbeing Industry 2023” represents a survey of 841 leaders spanning 71 countries across every region of the world and impacting a reported 19 million people. Leaders completed a survey examining their experience of their organization, their everyday stressors, and 19 psychometrics of wellbeing leadership addressing their psychological wellbeing and leadership impact. The health and wellbeing industry was defined by three sectors: the Global Wellness Economy, Healthcare, and Human Potential & Development.

Overall, the nine key findings which emerged from this study uncover that leaders across the health and wellbeing industry are collectively reporting that they are not as internally well-resourced as they could be to handle the complexities and challenges they face. With leaders as a linchpin for people’s experience at work, this timely study brings to light the need for integrating the science and practices of wellbeing into leader development as a strategy for improving leadership, work culture, and industry impact.

The study found that middle- and first-line managers are reporting lower wellbeing leadership scores than other leadership levels. This highlights a critical opportunity to empower wellbeing leadership in middle and first-line managers as an investment in the industry’s future.

“We are in the middle of a wellbeing revolution,” says Wisdom Works’ CEO Renee Moorefield. “The interest in wellbeing has never been higher and therefore the opportunity for health and wellbeing companies to positively impact the world has never been greater. Prioritizing wellbeing leadership is key to effectively and sustainably meeting this increased global interest. It is only by putting our own mask on first that we can authentically support another’s ability to thrive.”

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Recent Study by Denver Capital Identifies Three Key Traits Shared Among Successful Investors

 A recent study conducted by Denver Capital, a provider of alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals and sophisticated investors founded by Raj Sukkersudha, has found that despite differences in age and investment amount, 125 interviewed investors shared three key traits in common.

The study, which interviewed a diverse group of investors ranging in age from 25 to 65 and with investment amounts ranging from £10,000 to £500,000, sought to identify commonalities among successful investors. Through a series of in-depth interviews and surveys, researchers identified three key traits that appeared consistently across the sample group.

The first trait identified was a willingness to take calculated risks. According to the study’s findings, successful investors were more likely to take calculated risks in their investment decisions, rather than relying solely on conservative investments. However, these risks were always carefully researched and evaluated before being taken.

The second trait identified was a long-term investment outlook. Successful investors were found to have a patient and strategic approach to investing, with a focus on long-term growth and not being swayed by short-term market fluctuations.

The third and final trait identified was a commitment to ongoing education and self-improvement. Successful investors were found to prioritise continuous learning about the market, trends, and investment strategies, often seeking out new information and educational opportunities.

“As a firm, we were thrilled to see these three common traits emerge among such a diverse group of investors,” said Raj Sukkersudha, Principal and Founder of Denver Capital. “By incorporating these traits into our investment strategies, we believe we can continue to deliver strong results for our clients.”

The full results of the study will be sent to clients with the next monthly newsletter.

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