KUALA BERANG — May 19, 2017: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has outlined four security measures to avoid becoming a victim of Ransomware WannaCry cyber virus attacks.
For one, individual users primarily should always check and update their devices to the latest systems and install the latest anti-virus or malware detectors.
“I am sure that most agencies and companies have cyber security filtration system, while for individual users it is not something that is being emphasised. It does not matter either on a computer or smart phone… if there is anti-virus software installed, it will act as a filter against any threat of cyber attacks.
“Besides, we must keep all important data in the external hard drive, pendrive or cloud system so that when there is an occurrence of a virus attack, we have the backup. The last step is we do not arbitrarily open and ‘like’ any unsolicited links that we do not know its origins,” said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari during a get together with educators in Hulu Terengganu programme here today.
As of now, the ministry has yet to receive any official statement regarding the attack of the virus in the country as stated in a local newspaper on May 17.
“An online newspaper reported about a virus attack at an academic institution in the country. The case has been referred to CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and not to MCMC. However, we have instructed them to monitor the situation regularly and if any attack is being reported, I have no problem in sharing it with the public.
Russia and India were among the countries most affected by the cyber virus attack. On May 12, the same virus caused all hospitals in Britain to lose access to patients’ data. — Bernama