Probe into Massive Data Breach Almost Complete

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The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) investigation into a massive data leak involving the personal details of millions of mobile phone subscribers is almost completed.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said that the MCMC was looking into the matter with the police.

On Oct 30, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed that police were investigating a claim involving data breach of 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers in the country.

“We have identified several potential sources of the leak and we should be able to complete the probe soon,” Salleh told reporters on Wednesday.


On Oct 31, MCMC chief operating officer Dr Mazlan Ismail said it has met with telecommunications companies.

The massive data breach came to light when it was reported on news portal on Oct 19, after someone tried to sell huge databases of personal information on its forums for an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin.

It included lists of mobile phone numbers, MyKad numbers, addresses and other personal details of 46.2 million customers from at least 12 Malaysian mobile phone operators.

Earlier report: Oct 27, Row over Data Breach Article Resolved