TheStar: Brace for more weird calls

TheStar: Brace for more weird calls

Weird calls – Interview with The Star

Weird calls – “Data leaks are not a new thing, so always be vigilant, regardless of whether it happens to you or not.”

Expect more cold calls and random text messages if your data has been breached.

You will receive messages offering you property, “loans” and credit for online casinos, or phone calls claiming that you owe a bank RM5,000 or a stranger telling you that your relative was caught for a drug-related offence.

IT experts say they expect a spike in marketing and scam calls, as well as messages following the recent leak of personal data affecting 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers. The databases, believed to have been breached in 2014, are now easily available online after someone tried to sell the information on the forums of local technology news site lowyat.net last month.

Cybersecurity expert C.F. Fong urged the public to ignore such communications and always check the information with the alleged source (weird calls), such as banks or the police.

“If it is anything critical, the banks will send you a letter or the cops might even come knocking on your door,” he said.

“These things have already happened, which is why we have property agents or loan sharks contacting us.”

“Data leaks are not a new thing, so always be vigilant, regardless of whether it happens to you or not.”

“A lot of our information is online. If you have a social network profile, you are actually giving out your personal details voluntarily,” said Fong, the founder of Malaysian cybersecurity firm LGMS.

Full article from TheStar

 

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