Leak of 46.2 million mobile numbers in Malaysia being investigated

Leak of 46.2 million mobile numbers in Malaysia being investigated

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.

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