The government has a lead on the alleged theft of data from civil servants’ pay slips

KOTA BARU: The government has found a lead regarding the alleged theft of data from civil servants’ pay slips, and a statement will soon be made by the National Cybersecurity Agency (Nacsa).

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (Photo) said the government had held several meetings and discussions as it seriously considered the data leak and theft.

“In the case of an alleged data theft involving electronic payslips and the like, we agreed that few people should release statements, as we don’t want to distract from ongoing investigations.

“We have agreed that all updates are to be released by Nacsa and the Prime Minister’s Department, so what I can advise is that we have some leads and actions are being followed,” he said. he told reporters here on Sunday (September 18).

Annuar said his ministry was developing a framework to improve or reduce data theft issues, as it was not just happening in Malaysia but in all countries.

“I want to say this because many misunderstand, if data theft involving personal data under the supervision of private companies, it is included in the personal data protection law, and managed by the Department of Protection Data, under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-COMM).

“The data of the ministerial departments and institutions do not come under the Data Protection Directorate, but from Nacsa and the Prime Minister.

“The alleged payslip violation is under Nacsa, but CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) under K-KOMM will provide assistance in terms of forensic investigation,” he added.

The media had earlier reported an incident of alleged data theft, where hackers claiming to be from a “grey hat” cybersecurity organization alleged that they had breached the civil servants’ pay slip system to expose its weakness.

The group claimed that it can access more than one million rows of identities through the database, which is in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Comma Separated Values ​​(CSV) format. – Bernama

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