A massive data breach has seen the data of the customers of more than 46 million mobile subscribers in Malaysia was leaked in the darkness of the web.
The leaked information includes the numbers of mobile phone, the phone’s unique serial numbers, as well as home addresses.
The Personal information of several of Malaysia’s public sector and commercial web sites was also stolen.
The central Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is investigating now.
The data breach was discovered for the first time by the Malaysian news web site technology Lowyat.net.
The web site was informed that someone was trying to sell huge databases of personal information for an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin in their forums.The stolen data
The individual was trying to sell a large amount of information of customers of at least 12 of Malaysia’s mobile network operators:
Executive at celcom
The Empowerment Of Asia
A huge amount of personal data was also stolen from Jobstreet.com and:
Malaysia Medical Council
Malaysia Medical Association
Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
Malaysia Housing Loan Applications
Malaysia Dental Association
National Specialist Registry of Malaysia
Lowyat.net he says that he reported the incident to Malaysia’s communications watchdog on October 18, and that the MCMC initially the web site of its history.
However, the MCMC confirmed the data breach a day later, in a press release from Facebook, and then on Monday confirmed that 46.2 million mobile subscribers were affected by the data breach.All over the country affected
It is believed that the whole country – Malaysia has a population of 32 million – could have been affected by the breach, as well as foreigners who were in temporary pre-paid mobile phone numbers.
Under Malaysian law, service providers are required to keep customers ‘ personal data secure, so that there will likely be legal repercussions.
Dr Mazlan Ismail, the chief operating officer of the MCMC, said the Malay Mail Online that he had met with all of the country’s telecommunications companies for the data breach that had occurred.
“This is to make sure that they understand what is happening now, especially when the police, through the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, visit to investigate,” said Dr. Ismail.
“Communications services can not escape to the safety aspects, they [service providers] must work together, and security features are important to win the trust of consumers.”