UiTM refutes it did nothing to address data leak

Shaira Idris
Written by Shaira Idris

KUALA LUMPUR – January 30, 2019: Contrary to a recent allegation that it did nothing to address a massive data dump last year, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) today clarified that in fact it has been working with relevant authorities since the problem occurred almost a year ago.

UiTM named the agencies as the National Cyber Security Agency, National Security Council, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team plus the police .

The data dump – involving over a million personal data of UiTM students and alumni for the past 18 years – was reported by tech website,Lowyatt.net, last week as being put on sale in the dark web since last November.

The National Cyber Security Agency has yet to discover any suspicious activities that could point towards the data breach. Nevertheless, the outfit is still investigating,” read UiTM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr. Hassan Said’s statement.

Besides academic-related particulars, the leak included personal details such as names, MyKad numbers, home and email addresses as well as mobile phone numbers of those who had enrolled at all UiTM campuses and affiliated colleges.



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Shaira Idris

Shaira Idris

Shaira is a 20-something accidental journalist who's currently still adapting to the world of journalism and learning the ropes of her job.