Uh oh. Satellite TV Provider in Malaysia Astro has suffered a data breach for the second time in 14 months.
This time around, 0.2% of its customers saw their personal details such as names, national ID card numbers, gender, race, address and date of birth compromised.
To put the numbers in perspective, Astro says it serves up to “23 million people in 5.7 million homes” on his website. You do the math.
In an announcement on its website, Astro assured its users that no financial information had been obtained by the hackers.
Fortunately, the IT team quickly discovered the unauthorized access and was able to put a stop to it.
The media organization declined to disclose further information on the matter, however, as Malaysian authorities are currently examining the case. Those whose data was compromised were also notified.
âWe notified the police, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Department of Personal Data Protection.
We are working closely with the authorities to resolve this issue. We are unable to comment on the incident to facilitate ongoing police investigations, âthe statement said.
This is the second incident following a violation reported by Lowyat.net in June 2018.
During this particular breach, some 60,000 Astro IPTV users saw their personal information sold online for $ 716 for 10,000 records.
However, Astro is not the only company suffer from data breaches in recent years. To date, there has been a significant increase in hacking activity targeting large companies in particular.
Reddit, Bloomingdale, Toyota, Philippines-based pawnshop Cebuana Lhuillier and Jollibee, as well as Singapore’s own Department of Health (MOH) have also faced hackers performing unauthorized access to their websites.
The situation is so serious that cyber attacks and data breaches are now considered the fourth and fifth serious global risks according to the World Economic Forum 2019.
Much of these hackers are looking for personal or financial information about people they would sell or use for their own gain.
Typically, they tend to target large corporations, banks, medical or healthcare providers, government and military departments, and educational institutions.
Here are some practical tips and tricks to protect your personal information.
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