NSC urged to stop cy­ber­at­tacks dur­ing polls

New Straits Times - - News -

A mech­a­nism to counter cy­ber is­sues that can jeop­ar­dise the na­tion’s econ­omy and pol­i­tics need to be pre­pared by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC).

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan said the base­less al­le­ga­tions spread on cy­berspace could dam­age the im­age of the coun­try.

“For in­stance, dur­ing the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion, op­po­si­tion par­ties have used so­cial me­dia to spread false in­for­ma­tion that 40,000 Bangladeshis were sent to polling cen­tres to vote for Barisan Na­sional.”

He said it in­flu­enced vot­ing pat­terns and the elec­tion re­sults.

“This shows how crit­i­cal cy­ber se­cu­rity can be.

“We hope NSC will take nec­es­sary mea­sures to en­sure that such threats can be stopped dur­ing the next gen­eral elec­tion,” Rah­man said at the Na­tional Cy­ber Cri­sis Ex­er­cise (X-Maya 6) at the Pu­tra­jaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

X-Maya 6 was or­gan­ised by NSC in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cy­ber­Se­cu­rity Malaysia,

He said NSC should view cy­ber se­cu­rity is­sues in a larger per­spec­tive as cy­ber­at­tacks can also in­volve, bank­ing, net­work­ing, fi­nance and de­fence sec­tors.

He said ru­mours that Tabung Haji and the Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund (EPF) were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing bank­ruptcy could af­fect the coun­try’s eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.

“This has caused some coun­tries to can­cel their in­vest­ments due to mis­in­for­ma­tion about Malaysia on cy­berspace.

“And be­cause of these false news, many de­pos­i­tors of Tabung Haji have with­drawn their funds.”

Rah­man said the dig­i­tal age had pro­vided a new do­main for crim­i­nals, hack­ers, ter­ror­ists and pae­dophiles to pur­sue their agen­das more ef­fec­tively.

The three-day event saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 92 agen­cies com­pris­ing 46 pub­lic and 46 pri­vate bod­ies.

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