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Over 8,600 cybersecurity incidents reported from January to November

The majority comprise fraud cases followed by intrusion and malicious code.

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A total of 8,669 cases of cybersecurity incidents were reported to the Cyber999 help centre from January to November this year, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin.

“The top three categories of incidents reported were fraud (6,737) cases, intrusion (1,354) and malicious code (578),” he said in his speech at the National ICT Security Discourse-Cybersafe Challenge Trophy 2021 yesterday.

He said the public awareness level of the “Keluarga Malaysia” needs improvement as people are still falling victim to cyber threats.

“Issues of etiquette, responsibility and positive use of the internet have become very critical especially to our younger generation.

“There is an urgent need to ensure that they are taught to be safe, secure and responsible internet users in facilitating a positive online experience,” he said.

Zahidi also said that as the “Keluarga Malaysia” embraces a digital lifestyle, cyber ethics which is the code of responsible behaviour on the internet and the well-being of internet users becomes a necessity.

“Teaching digital citizens about the ethics of using digital technology devices has become an integral part of what can make a happy family safer online in today’s environment,” he said.

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