Leak of 46.2 million mobile numbers in Malaysia being investigated

Based on the dates in the data we can safely say that the data breach took place sometime in 2014-2015

The information they include is more sensitive, with individuals' identity card numbers (called MyKad), along with mobile, work and home phone numbers and work and residential addresses.

The figure is larger than Malaysia's entire estimated population, but many mobile users have multiple numbers, and the data could also include numbers no longer in active use.

Separately, a ministry source revealed that the attack on virtually all local telcos and mobile virtual network operators as well as the databases of the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Dental Association may have been launched from overseas.

It said it had handed the information to industry regulator, Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which later released a statement confirming it was investigating the incident.

Mazlan said the communications and multimedia minister and his deputy were constantly being briefed on the matter. Both MCMC and the department could not be reached.

Lowyat.net had reported that about 46.2 million mobile phone numbers registered with Malaysian telecommunications and mobile virtual network operators had been compromised and leaked online.

Number of records from the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Dental Association that were exposed.

Timestamps in the compromised data suggested that the breach occurred between 2014 and 2015, said Lowyat.

Based on these meetings, said Mazlan, the consensus of the telco providers on the matter included that they wanted police to complete their investigations and agreed not to make any comment while the probe was ongoing.

According to local reports, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the police also was involved in the investigation.

Technology strategist Dinesh Nair said there was not much consumers could do, but they should change their SIM cards, for a start. It also remains unclear as to what amount the hacker is allegedly charging in exchange for handing over the data.

"I'm sure my data is there as well".

With this leak, Malaysians may be vulnerable to social engineering attacks and in a worst-case scenario, phones may be cloned.

Related News:

  • Republicans In Congress Aren't Afraid Trump Will Fire Mueller

    Trump has dismissed any suggestion that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. The charges mostly stem from work the pair did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
    South Africa firm as favourites to host Rugby World Cup

    South Africa firm as favourites to host Rugby World Cup

    France were principal hosts in 2007 and, like Ireland, also staged games in the 1991 and 1999 tournaments. They also included the likely commercial success and guarantees, venues and political stability.

    Gorillaz Share New Song 'Garage Palace' Featuring Little Simz

    As a lot of the Gorillaz work, they also came through with a visualizer for the single. It's interesting considering that it took about seven years to deliver Humanz .
  • The TSX closes above 16000 mark for the first time

    The materials group, home to precious and base metals miners, lost 0.4 percent and accounted for the bulk of the declines. The benchmark index broke the last intraday record set in February on Friday and also closed that day at a record high.
    Man rams police vehicle  in Melbourne

    Man rams police vehicle in Melbourne

    The incident took place on Bourke Street - the same street as the auto rampage that killed six people in January. In his attempt to flee, he allegedly rammed the vehicle several times, mounted the curb and also hit a tree.
    Alabama celebrates Nick Saban's birthday in style

    Alabama celebrates Nick Saban's birthday in style

    It's not a red elephant or a Heisman Trophy-winning running back - its Pennywise the Clown from Steven Kings mega-hit "It". On both occasions, oddsmakers had justifiable reasons to believe LSU would get splattered all over the field.
  • Jepsen Expands Investigation Into 'Pervasive' Price-Fixing By Drug Companies

    Jepsen Expands Investigation Into 'Pervasive' Price-Fixing By Drug Companies

    Jepsen said the number of generic drugs involved in the investigations has also risen, from the original two medicines to 15. Besides Mylan, Teva and Heritage, the initial complaint named AurobindoPharma USA, Inc., Citron Pharma, and Mayne Pharma.
    Roger Federer names one regret from 2017 battle with Rafael Nadal

    Roger Federer names one regret from 2017 battle with Rafael Nadal

    Federer , nursing a back injury, has confirmed his participation for the London Masters event which runs through November 12-19. Federer moved past Ivan Lendl into second on the all-time list behind American Jimmy Connors' tally of 109 ATP titles.
    Daylight Saving Time has been ending later in recent years; here's why

    Daylight Saving Time has been ending later in recent years; here's why

    Then in 1986, 20 years later, Congress increased the period, moving the start day to the first Sunday in April. Several U.S. states have begun to argue that system is outdated and does not save the country any energy usage.
  • New GOP tax plan retains 39.6 percent rate

    Among the New York Republicans who have raised concerns about eliminating the state income tax deduction are Reps. The homebuilders' group objected to the removal from the tax plan's latest version of a homeownership tax credit.
    Giants WR Odell Beckham makes plea for former LSU 'brother' Jarvis Landry

    Giants WR Odell Beckham makes plea for former LSU 'brother' Jarvis Landry

    The Miami Dolphins already flipped starting running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fourth round pick. Beckham and Landry were teammates at LSU and NY is certainly in need of receiver help based on the recent injuries.

    Today Analysts Focus on Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

    Germany-based Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh has invested 0.44% in International Business Machines Corp. Legacy Capital Partners Inc sold 8,209 shares as International Business Machs Com ( IBM)'s stock declined 15.88%.

Most liked

SNES Classic and Super Mario Odyssey hit 2M sales
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, Nintendo's production lines will need to be firing on all cylinders. Not surprisingly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the console's top performer with 4.7 million copies sold.

Legislative Activist Claims Illinois Senator Harassed Her
Rotheimer said she made a decision to testify at Tuesday's hearing because she wanted to bring attention to her complaint. Rotheimer said the harassment began in 2015 after she attempted to introduce a third bill sponsored by Sen.

In shift, Republicans to maintain top tax rate for wealthiest Americans
It is details such as those, though, that will be the focus of several intense weeks of negotiations in the House and Senate. Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States , money laundering, and more.

Traditional owners mull Uluru climb ban
More than 30 people have died attempting the climb, which is often closed during periods of high temperatures or weather. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta management board discussed permanently closing the climbing route on Uluru on Wednesday.

Bremer Trust National Association Buys 2331 Shares of Broadcom Limited (AVGO)
Archford Capital Strategies LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Broadcom Limited by 45.4% during the 1st quarter. This movement could be bad/good signal for few investors as firm is showing performance for the quarter as -2.64%.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (HIG) Shares Bought by PGGM Investments
On average, analysts anticipate that Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. will post $3.72 EPS for the current year. On October 16 Barclays maintained a company rating of "Overweight" and raised the price target from $61.00 to $64.00.

Josh Groban Reveals He Was Near The Terrifying Manhattan Terror Incident
Singer and Broadway star Josh Groban and his dog were just half a block away from the incident. He remembers hearing "8-10 quick rounds fired off". "Be safe with your kids out there".

NY holds annual Halloween parade hours after deadly attack
In a press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it "an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror". Later on Tuesday, the World Trade Center lit up in red, white and blue in tribute to the victims.

Jasprit Bumrah Zooms to Top Spot in ICC T20 Bowlers Rankings
Chahal soon spun into action to send Munro and Williamson trudging back to the pavilion as New Zealand stumbled in their chase. As Rohit noted, "It is the hallmark of this team - to come back from tough situations and respond really well".

Total Strangers Accused of Sex on a Delta Flight
Both people were issued citations, and the investigation was handed over to the FBI. "These things should be respected". No charges have officially been filed, but the couple could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Heidi Klum Started Getting Ready for Annual Halloween Party 6 Hours Early
Since her costume was relatively pared down a year ago (for Klum, anyways), she needed to really up the ante. It was a neat idea, but not as great as some of Klum's incredible transformations in the past years.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate edition: a final farewell for 2018
Up front you'll find the same naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 as in the regular Vanquish S, putting out the same 603hp. Available as both a coupe and a convertible, the Vanquish S Ultimate edition will be limited to just 175 cars worldwide.

ExxonMobil reaches $300 mn clean air settlement with U.S. regulators
Its former CEO, Rex Tillerson, is serving in the Trump administration as secretary of state. "Wow, that is good, that is really good news", Caban said.

Chance The Rapper Shares New Trailer For Upcoming Mystery Film "Slice"
Director Austin Vesely previously told Pigeons and Planes that film was inspired by David Lynch's beloved cult series Twin Peaks . Though Chance is not first-billed, the poster indicates he will be the star of the show.

AstraZeneca's Calquence Granted FDA Accelerated Approval
Acalabrutinib is a kinase inhibitor that blocks an enzyme that is crucial for cancer growth and metastasis. The FDA granted Priority Review, Breakthrough Therapy, and Orphan Drug designations to acalabrutinib.