MCMC Received More Than 2000 Hacking Complaints But They Can’t Do Much About It

As of August 2022, MCMC has received 2,093 complaints regarding unauthorized access to social media and instant messaging accounts.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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Back in February 2021, a compilation of data breached user data was leaked online on a popular hacking forum. This data leak was known as the “Compilation of Many Breaches” (COMB) and it is thought to be the largest data leak the world has ever seen. The leak includes data from 70% of internet users worldwide. So, there’s a high chance Malaysians’ data was leaked as well. But the government said they are actively trying to tackle the cybersecurity issues in Malaysia.

In a news report by the Malay Mail, as of August 2022, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) reported receiving 2,093 complaints from Malaysians about unauthorised access to personal messaging and social media accounts as well as account access loss owing to lost passwords.

All complaints of unauthorised access, which could be an offence under the Computer Crimes Act 1997, will be referred to the police for further investigations.

MCMC

The MCMC said that complainants who have been unable to access their personal messages and social media accounts have been instructed to file complaints with the various platform providers.

According to the statement, the majority of complainants contacted MCMC for help in regaining access to their accounts, and MCMC gave advice on the procedures to follow when filing complaints with the relevant platform providers.

Regarding the problem of compromised or hacked Telegram accounts, MCMC recommended users learn about Telegram’s security features to use it more securely, including avoiding sharing any security codes or personal information with anybody.

To prevent yourself from becoming a victim, you can check whether your passwords and e-mails have been compromised through this website. Remember to enable two-factor authentication, or 2FA, if the option is available to you. Don’t share your login details with anyone else unless truly necessary.

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