Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Home ministry confirms no leak of JPN data

This follows an internal investigation by the National Registration Department.

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Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin today said that an internal investigation by the National Registration Department (JPN) had found no data leak following claims that the personal information of millions of Malaysians had been put up for sale online.

In a statement, he said JPN also confirmed that no such data leak had occurred before.

“The home ministry always works to ensure that the data of Malaysians in the care of JPN is guaranteed and secure,” he added.

An IT expert had claimed on Twitter that the personal data of four million Malaysians being kept by JPN was apparently put up for sale online for about RM35,000.

Adnan Shukor also shared a screenshot showing the seller offering the data leaked through the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

The tax agency is one of 10 government bodies on a shared platform called myIDENTITY where data from JPN is shared.

According to the screenshot, a total of 32GB of data in 19 files contain the information of those born between 1979 and 1998, with details such as addresses, mobile numbers and photographs, as well as race, religion and MyKad identification numbers.

LHDN yesterday denied any leak of personal information, saying all data in its care is protected by accredited security technology.

It also said it was working with JPN, the National Cyber ​​Security Agency and the National Security Council to review all possibilities in connection with the claim.

Hamzah today said the home ministry would ensure that all agencies which use data from JPN on myIDENTITY take immediate security measures and adhere to the policy of use to prevent any breach of data by irresponsible quarters.

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