Maybank, Astro and SPR data leaks investigated

PUTRAJAYA: The Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD) is taking the alleged data leakage of Maybank, Astro and the Malaysian Election Commission (SPR) seriously, a website reported on December 25.

Its minister, Fahmi Fadzil, said the Personal Data Protection Department (JPDP) in collaboration with CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) is currently seeking feedback from Maybank and Astro.

He said, the initial investigation found that the Maybank account number displayed on the website was invalid or non-existent because transactions could not be done through that account.

“Preliminary investigations also found that there is a potential data leak that is alleged to be in reference to a leak incident that occurred in 2018.

“However, official confirmation from relevant parties is required for the purpose of detailed investigation under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 [Akta 709],” he said through a press release today.

He said, the investigation into EC data leakage will be handed over to the National Cyber ​​Security Agency (NACSA) for further action since it is outside the jurisdiction of Act 709.

Fahmi said that a restriction notice was also submitted to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) for the purpose of preventing the public from accessing the website.

“All data users are reminded to always ensure that the level of cyber security is at a good level and always comply with the principles and standards of personal data protection in accordance with Act 709,” he said.

Previously, Fahmi also shared a Facebook user post with the name ‘Technology Preacher’ who claimed that the user information of nearly 13 million Malaysians from Maybank, Astro and SPR was leaked.

According to the post on Facebook, a website had already listed the details of 3.5 million Astro customers, 1.8 million Maybank customers and 7.2 million voters at 7.56pm on 25 December.

The leaked information allegedly involved login ID, full name, date of birth, address and identity card number. – MESSENGER

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