Asean Fo­cus Duterte to fo­cus on Data from big breach terrorism at sum­mit was ‘likely on­line for a long time’


The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus - 14

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.

– Reuters

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