Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the data leak that happened back in December doesn’t match the data stored by Astro and Maybank.
He said in a written reply that the Personal Data Protection Department and CyberSecurity Malaysia investigated the alleged leak on 30 December 2022 before it was submitted to the National Cybersecurity Agency (Nacsa).
CyberSecurity Malaysia had also implemented a verification process on the data allegedly leaked from Astro and Maybank, but found that it did not match the actual data used by the two organisations.
FMT reported that the Minister reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to safeguard people’s personal data.
It was a response to a question by DAP’s Bangi MP Syahredzan Johan, who asked for an update on the alleged leak involving the account holders and what they are doing to protect private information in public agencies’ databases.
News about the 13 million data leak was posted on social media which showed lists of personal information such as names, addresses and phone numbers—allegedly from the account holders from Astro, Maybank and also data from the Election Commission (EC), Malay Mail reported.
From the 13 million, it was reported that 3.5 million of those are Astro subscribers and 1.8 million Maybank customers, as well as 7.2 million voters.