IGP: Personal data leak traced to two more countries

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KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts by the police to track down the cause of a leak of personal data involving 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers in Malaysia has revealed two more Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in the Netherlands and Hong Kong, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic).

This brings the number of IP addresses involved in the case to three, with the first traced to Oman last month.

Mohamad Fuzi said the police who were in the midst of finalising the investigations were having difficulty tracking the e-mails of the owners.

He was speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony of the Inspector-General of Police Tennis Championship and Silat Cup 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Centre here Sunday.

An IP address is a unique set of numbers that identifies the computer so that it can send and receive data from other computers.

Asked if the police would seek the help of foreign authorities, Mohamad Fuzi said this was not necessary at the moment.

“At present, investigations are being carried out together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC),” he added.

On Nov 1, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak was reported as saying that the ministry had identified the possible source of the leak.

He had said the MCMC was working with the police to investigate the matter.

Early last month, the website Lowyat.net published an article that someone was trying to sell 50 million personal data from telecommunication companies and 17 million from job search websites. – Bernama

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