Malaysia forces takedown of data breach report

Joann Johnston
October 20, 2017

- Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 ― The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) must explain why Lowyat.net was ordered to remove a report titled "Personal data of millions of Malaysians up for sale, sources of breach still unknown".

Authorities are probing a report that claims databases containing personal data of millions of Malaysians' were up for sale.

"If the report was untrue or inaccurate, then the burden is on Lowyat.net to rectify or remove the report altogether if it can not be salvaged".

"MCMC urges everyone not to speculate on this matter until the authorities complete the investigation", the country's internet regulator added.

However, the portal removed the story within hours following MCMC's request.

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"The MCMC's action to block the report by ordering Lowyet.net to remove it raises questions on whether the government is taking the appropriate actions to ensure the people's personal data are safe", said PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

In its original post which had been taken down around 9:30 last night, the website said these data involving millions of users was estimated to have taken place between 2012 and 2015.

Lowyat also said the mother load is customer data from a huge list of Malaysian Telcos, that include Altel, Celcom, DiGi, Enabling Asia, Friendimobile, Maxis, MerchantTradeAsia, PLDT, RedTone, TuneTalk, Umobile and XOX. The data were believed to have been obtained between 2012 and 2013.

The doctors' data included MyKad numbers, operating address and mobile numbers while the housing loan application data contained information such as name, MyKad number, contact number, email address, blacklist status, address, job, employer details, salary and spouse's details.

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