Asean Focus Duterte to focus on Data from big breach terrorism at summit was ‘likely online for a long time’
THE MYANMAR TIMES
PERSONAL details of tens of millions of Malaysians obtained from a 2014 data breach have likely been available for sale for a long time, according to the founder of an online portal who revealed the massive data breach this week.
Malaysia said on Wednesday it was investigating an alleged attempt to sell the data of more than 46 million mobile phone subscribers online, in what appears to be one of the largest leaks of customer data in Asia.
Vijandren Ramadass, the founder of tech portal Lowyat. net, uncovered the data leak – which is likely to have affected almost every Malaysian and possibly millions of tourists – when a user tried to sell the data on the portal’s forum last month.
Further investigations by Ramadass led him to the dark web, where he found web links to download the data. He said the fact he was able to obtain all the data – valuable to fraudsters – for free suggested it had been around for a while.
“Somebody might have already made a lot of money from it, and somebody else decided to release it,” Ramadass told Reuters. “The longer the data it is out there, the more likely it is to be released for free.”
Ramadass said the data likely came from multiple sources as the data sets had different formats and fields. Time stamps indicate the leaked data was last updated between May and July 2014.
The leaked data, which cybersecurity experts have said was extensive enough to allow criminals to create fraudulent identities to make online purchases, included lists of mobile phone numbers, identification card numbers, home addresses, and SIM card data of 46.2 million customers. It also contained personal data from some medical associations and a jobs portal.
The country’s internet regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, has said it is investigating the breach, along with the police, but there has been no official confirmation of the scale of the breach.
The material had been posted on several underground websites, including a Russian hacker forum, in mid-october, according to a Singapore-based cybersecurity researcher.
The Facebook page of a Malaysia-based internet marketing consultant had been offering data whose descriptions sounded similar to the hacked cache on October 4. When the researcher contacted the person running the page, the posting was removed. – Reuters TWO weeks ahead of a regional summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged greater cooperation to battle Islamist militancy, following military victories in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippine city of Marawi.
Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano said Duterte would discuss the fight against terrorism, a key priority, with ASEAN leaders and regional partners, including US President Donald Trump, gathering at a summit in Manila on November 13.
“The defeat suffered by the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and the Philippines does not mean the fight is over,” Cayetano said in a statement a day after an Islamic State-inspired attack in New York killed eight people and injured 11.
“The terrorist attacks in New York and other places abroad during the past several weeks tell us the threat remains real.”
In Marawi, soldiers killed two proislamic State gunmen and arrested an Indonesian militant a week after the army declared victory over the Maute group, which occupied large parts of the lakeside city for five months.
It was the biggest security crisis in years for the Roman Catholic-majority Philippines, triggering concerns the island of Mindanao could become a magnet for Islamic State fighters driven out of Iraq and Syria.
More than 1100 people, mostly rebels, were killed in the battle and air strike have levelled the heart of the city of 200,000.
Six army battalions are still in the ruined city hunting the remaining militants, who number about 40, based on information from the captured Indonesian, said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of a military task force.
Cayetano said the Philippines, during the ASEAN summit, want to deepen and strengthen its cooperation with allies, by stepping up efforts to share intelligence, training and build resources, among others.
Also on the summit agenda are North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and nuclear weapons program, overlapping claims in the South China Sea and wider regional trade pacts.
The Philippines will urge its allies to step up efforts to hunt down Islamic State and affiliates worldwide.