The Sun Daily: Hacking of politicians’ social media accounts has more dire consequences

PETALING JAYA: The consequences would be more far-reaching if a politician’s social media accounts or personal devices are hacked compared with ordinary citizens.

Their devices and accounts could contain confidential information, including private conversations or government data and its policies, according to cyber security experts.

Fong Choong Fook, the chief executive officer of cyber security company LE Global Services Sdn Bhd (LGMS), added that there was also the risk that hackers could issue false statements with malicious intent.

He warned that compromised accounts and devices could also see their data and passwords published and sold in the dark web by the hackers.

“The damage is definitely more extensive if a politician’s social media account or device is hacked. Which is why they have to put more focus on their security,“ he told theSun today.

He was commenting PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad having their social media accounts hacked over the weekend.

While Anwar merely had issues logging in to his Twitter and Instagram, Khalid had his Telegram account taken control by a hacker who began sending messages impersonating him to his contacts, in an apparent attempt to take over the victims’ Whatsapp accounts and data.

According to Fong, it would be near impossible to determine the nature of the hacking unless a digital forensic was conducted.

Fong noted that while some victims might fall prey to general hackers, which are less dangerous and more random, politically motivated black hat hackers, like in the case of Khalid, could pose a more serious threat.

“They (black hat hackers) have specific targets locked on and will go through various methods to infiltrate, from basic email phishing to physical intrusion,“ he said.

 

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