Malaysia Faces Largest Data Breach in Asia

By Tamanna Desai,
Technology & Innovation Editor

More than approximately 46 million mobile phone subcribers in Malaysia are victims of possibly one of the largest data breaches in Asia. This data breach is “…believed to affect almost the entire population of Malaysia, [and] was first reported last month by Lowyat.net, a local technology news website” according to reuters.com.

Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak told reporters at Malaysian parliament that, “We have identified several potential sources of the leak and we should be able to complete the probe soon”.

Hackers stole information from Malaysia’s biggest service providers who are Maxis, Axiata Group’s Celcom and DiGi to name a few.

The information gathered by the hackers from the phone companies not only includes their phone number and ID numbers but also their home addresses and sim card numbers. This information is sufficient enough to create false identities.

There is no official confirmation from authorities or the government on exactly how big the data breach is and exactly how many people are affected. The affected phone companies are only stating that they are in full cooperation with the authorities and are also investigating how such a huge breach could have occured. Many news sources say that Malaysia is ill prepared to deal with such a huge issue and equate the data breach to the recent Equifax data breach that the United States experienced.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 7th print edition.

Contact Tamanna at
tamanna.desai@student.shu.edu

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