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Friday, May 20, 2022

Home Ministry 'more than ready' to tackle data leak - Hishammuddin

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has expressed confidence in the Home Ministry's ability to handle the latest incident surrounding the alleged leak of personal data under its purview.

According to Hishammuddin (above), although the incident involved the Home Ministry, which is outside of his purview, his belief was based on past experiences as home minister. 

“Under the Home Ministry there is a special unit and I have had involvement with them before and also now as defence minister, I feel they are more than ready to ensure the best,” Hishammuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

He said this when asked for comments on whether the latest incident where millions of records from Putrajaya’s MyIdentity database have allegedly been sold online was a cause of concern for the Defence Ministry.

It was previously reported that a seller, known only as “actifedot”, had on April 29 placed an advertisement for data on a hacker forum known as breached.co with a starting asking price of US$10,000.

This is the second time in which personal data of MyIdentity users has been sold since late last year

The seller appeared to have some knowledge of Malaysia as a popular Malaysian actress was used as a sample.

The MyIdentity system was developed by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) - an agency under the Prime Minister's Office - in 2011.

MyIdentity allows personal identification to be shared across several government agencies. - Mkini

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