Malaysia spared from ran­somware cy­ber­at­tacks

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia ap­pears to have es­caped the brunt of the mas­sive global ran­somware cy­ber­at­tacks which hit var­i­ous coun­tries on Fri­day.

The Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) said that for now, there had been no re­ports of such ac­tiv­i­ties oc­cur­ring in Malaysia. The com­mis­sion said it is cur­rently work­ing with other en­force­ment agen­cies in mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

“Malaysians are, there­fore, urged to im­me­di­ately up­date their soft­wares to the lat­est patch and en­sure that all hosts have en­abled end­point anti-mal­ware so­lu­tions.

“Users are to im­me­di­ately back up vi­tal data to an ex­ter­nal hard drive or cloud stor­age ser­vice, if they have not done so,” it said.

MCMC also warned the pub­lic not to click on any sus­pi­cious links and should re­port any in­ci­dents to the au­thor­i­ties quickly.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports, the at­tacks ap­par­ently ex­ploited a de­fect ex­posed in doc­u­ments leaked from the United States Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency.

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PIC BY HAZREEN MO­HAMAD

For­mer Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia supreme coun­cil mem­ber Ka­marul Az­man Habibur Rah­man (seated third from right) with GKCM mem­bers in Port Dick­son yes­ter­day.

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