Aware­ness cru­cial in war against cybercrime

The Star Malaysia - - Focus -

IT’S not just up to the au­thor­i­ties to en­sure a safer cy­berspace.

The aver­age Malaysian must also have height­ened aware­ness on cy­ber­se­cu­rity and pos­si­ble threats.

One of the most im­por­tant things the pub­lic can do is to re­port to the Cy­ber­Se­cu­rity Malaysia (CSM) to help them in the war against vir­tual crim­i­nals.

In the Face­book data breach that af­fected 30 mil­lion users world­wide in Septem­ber,109 Malaysian users re­ported that their ac­counts were dis­abled due to the in­ci­dent.

“The re­ports were made to CSM’s emer­gency re­sponse team, Cy­ber999,” CSM re­spon­sive ser­vices divi­sion se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Dr Aswami Fadil­lah Mohd Arif­fin tells Sun­day Star.

In the in­ci­dent, hack­ers gained ac­cess to user ac­counts, and hence, could po­ten­tially con­trol them.

This led Face­book to log users out of their ac­counts, as part of their ef­forts to fix the prob­lem.

The so­cial me­dia gi­ant had re­port­edly said hack­ers were able to ac­cess per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from about 14 mil­lion ac­counts. Such in­for­ma­tion in­cluded re­la­tion­ship sta­tus, re­li­gion, birth­date, work­places, search ac­tiv­ity and re­cent lo­ca­tion check-ins.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the re­ports from Malaysian users, CSM an­a­lysed and ver­i­fied the cases and passed them on to Face­book for fur­ther ac­tion.

“This is some­thing we do with big in­dus­try play­ers like Google as well,” Dr Aswami says. Be­cause tech­nol­ogy is evolv­ing so rapidly, he ad­vises the pub­lic keep abreast of the chang­ing times.

“The key is to equip your­self to un­der­stand bet­ter.

“But if you fall vic­tim to a cy­ber­crim­i­nal, you can re­port to us. Cy­ber­war­riors are here,” he quips.

Those who wish to re­port cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­ci­dents can con­tact the CSM through its Cy­ber999 Help Cen­tre at 1-300-88-2999 (of­fice hours) or its 24-hour emer­gency hot­line 0192665850. For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.myc­

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