The personal details of some 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers in Malaysia have been stolen, in what is believed to be the largest data breach in the country, local media reported yesterday.
Online technology site lowyat.net said the hackers have the home addresses, identity card numbers, SIM card information and private details of almost the entire Malaysian population of 32 million. Many Malaysians have several mobile numbers.
The site on Monday “confirmed” that 46.2 million mobile phone numbers were leaked online, in a follow-up report on its Oct 19 alert that someone was trying to sell the data from a huge breach in 2014.
In addition, 81,309 records from the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Dental Association were also exposed, the tech site said.
The records contained personal information such as residential addresses along with IC and mobile phone numbers.
Communications and Internet regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has said it is investigating the breach with the police.