A data breach is an information leakage activity where information or credentials are stolen from a private infrastructure or system without the owner’s acknowledgment. The information may involve sensitive, private, and confidential data such as customer data, trade secrets, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information.
According to The Star, the recent news of data breaches in Malaysia involving four million Malaysians allegedly being sold online on the dark web. A netizen has raised the alarm on a database being sold online that purportedly contains the personal data of four million Malaysians. According to a tweet by Adnan Mohd Shukor, the database is claimed to contain details such as names, emails, mobile numbers and addresses, and is grouped by birth year from 1979 to 1998. The data is claimed to be harvested from the National Registration Department (NRD) through the myIDENTITY API.
“I don’t have access to the database, so what I can say is that the information can be found from various stashes on the Internet as we have suffered several rounds of data leak before,” said Mr. Fong Choong Fook, CEO of LGMS, using the 2017 data leak involving 46 million mobile numbers as an example.
“Data may come from previous leaks, but we cannot rule out that the API may be vulnerable to data theft,” Mr. Fong adds on further.
As we are becoming increasingly reliant on democratized technologies such as the internet, social media, cloud, and etc, it is crucial for us to learn to protect our private information well. Additionally, the awareness of cybersecurity is also important for the community to create a cyberspace that is safe and secure.
Identity theft is one of the most significant threats to data breach victims. Data leaks reveal everything about you ranging from personal information to banking details. Once criminals have access to these details, they can engage in all types of fraud activities with your identity. Such cases will damage your finances, credit rating, and reputation.
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