Callers – Interview with New Strait Times
Callers – Although the leaked data cannot be used to apply for loans and credit cards, it however can be used for other purposes such as scamming and telemarketing. – CF Fong
In an interview with NST, IT security consultant Fong Choong Fook said there would be a surge of calls made by scammers and telemarketers.
Do not entertain call from telemarketers or scammers asking for personal data. Just end the call.
“Although the leaked data cannot be used to apply for loans and credit cards, it however can be used for other purposes such as scamming and telemarketing.
“Unlike phone number, we cannot change our identification card number. It is important not to further reveal your confidential information such as bank account number or just simply do not entertain the call,” said Fong, who is also an executive director at cybersecurity firm LE Global Services.
This, according to the cyber security experts, is the best that the public can do as their data already leaked online following the recent massive data breach, involving 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers.
Akati Consulting Group chief executive officer Krishna Rajagopal said although the leaked data may seem trivial, however the info could be use against other entities such as financial institutions to obtain valuable information that gives the fraudsters in the black market a treasure trove of information about people’s personal and financial lives.
He also said that the massive data breach should not be brushed under the carpet and proper forensic investigation should be done and its root cause should be uncovered.
Full article from New Strait Times
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