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MCMC is probing UiTM data leak

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — January 25, 2019: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is investigating the reported data dump, which happened last year, that Universiti Tekonologi Mara (UiTM) allegedly kept silent about.

An officer from the commission told The Mole that a complaint over the leak had already been lodged earlier this morning after the breach, involving over one million personal data of UiTM students and alumni, was highlighted by tech website, LowYatt.net today.

“The only thing that I can say is that, the MCMC have already been alerted about the data breach and we have begun our investigation,” said the MCMC officer.

Besides academic-related particulars, the leaked data included personal details such as names, MyKad number, mail and email addresses and handphone numbers of those enrolling, from 2000 to 2018, at all UiTM campuses and affiliated colleges.

Citing sources, Lowyatt.net reported that UiTM knew about the dump, that happened between February and March last year, but had, until today, kept mum about it.

“Based on the data dump that we have examined, we are fairly certain that the database did not originate from any of UiTM’s online services, ruling out the possibility that it was obtained by exploiting an online security flaw,” Lowyatt.net reported.

Attempts for a clarification from UiTM was unsuccessful.

The previous data breach – the biggest in Malaysian history – was reported two years ago where personal details of 46.2 million handphone number subscribers were dumped into the internet.

Back then it was reported that a company hired by the MCMC to manage the its cellular services tried to sell the data, stolen from the MCMC, to at least 12 mobile operators for an undisclosed amount of money.

The MCMC along with the company, was sued by a politician but so far, there have been no reports of what happened to the suit. 

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.