Investigation is going on in Malaysia over the theft of mobile-phone data for 46.2 million customers, while an online safety lapse in Australia exposing personal details of almost 50,000 workers.
The Malaysian government is working with companies and police to inquire the issue and establish likely sources of the leak, the state news agency Bernama stated, quoting Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.
A representative confirmed his comments.
The data have been updated last in 2014, as stated by local reports.
In Australia, individual records of almost 50,000 workers at many government organizations and companies were left unprotected by a third-party contractor in one of the country’s worst data violation.
Backup databases of worker records including names, passwords, salaries and some credit card numbers were reachable after the misconfiguration of an Amazon.com Inc. cloud storage product, it said.
“Companies should conclude they will be breached and take steps to limit the impact of these occurrence,” said Bryce Boland, chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region at Fire-Eye Inc.
“The reality is many organization are unknowingly undermined.”
As the scale and frequency of major hacking attacks rises, companies and governments have come under serious pressure to brace up their cyber-security.
Only about 2 percent of corporate data is encrypted today, International Business Machines Corp. said in July.
North Korean hackers are extremely agile amid rising tensions over the country’s nuclear aspiration.
They have been connected to last year’s robbery from Bangladesh’s central bank as well as cryptocurrency exchange attacks and the WannaCry ransomware that affect about 300,000 computers in 150 countries.
Malaysia, with a population of 32 million, has a mobile insight rate of 134 percent as of March this year, according to government statistics.
About 80 percent of the 42.8 million subscriptions as of the first quarter are pre-paid accounts.
Australia has encounter many high profile hacks or data breaches in the past couple of years.
Nearly 30 gigabytes of buyers and sellers delicate information related to Australian naval vessels and warplanes was reportedly stolen from a local defense contractor in 2016.
The nation’s weather bureau was reportedly hacked in 2015.