KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Police expressed doubt today on the source behind the latest claim that data of over 200,000 Malaysian organ donors have been leaked online.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police deduced the source is likely the same as one that had previously supplied tech forum Lowyat.com last year with information that millions of Malaysians have had their personal details stolen and sold to third parties.
“Even when the previous leak happened, we saw it on the website, and the information came from the same source.
“We are a little suspicious about it, over how it came from the same source. It is something we find strange,” he told reporters here.
However, Mohamad Fuzi said Bukit Aman’s Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) is investigating the latest data breach that may have compromised the data of 220,000 local organ donors and their next-of-kin since September 2016.
“We have tasked the CCID to handle the matter and investigate, and they would definitely be contacting the admin of the website to get to the bottom of the case,” he said.
Lowyat.net reported that the data breach contained relationship details, listings of a donor’s MyKad details, contact numbers, home addresses, organs to be donated as well as information of their next-of-kin.
The online forum said that the leaked files were updated up to August 31, 2016, saying the information contained sign-up data from government hospitals, and from National Transplant Resource Centres across the country.
The file dump also purportedly included demographic data of all organ pledgers according to their gender, race, origin, types of organs as well as age groups.
Mohamad Fuzi said little progress has been made concerning last year’s data breach that saw 46.2 million mobile number subscribers’ details siphoned and made available online.
“There has been many issues, mainly pertaining to the IP address which I mentioned is from abroad,” he said.
He added the case was being handled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, with police working in collaboration.
“It is their investigations and since then, there has been not much progress with them, but we are always cooperating with them concerning the case,” he said.