Tuesday, December 4, 2012

7 million Malaysian smartphone users exposed to cyber hacks

Are you reading this article from your tablet, or smartphone?

If yes, you are one of the 7 million smartphone users in Malaysia that are exposed to threats from cyber hackers. Between January to September this year, losses incurred from cyber crime totaled RM21.8 million:
  • Illegally intercepted online purchases     - 1,298 cases (RM14.5 million)
  • Text messaging service or phone calls   - 412 cases   (RM3.4 million)
  • Hacking                                               - 24 cases     (RM3.3 million)
  • Internet and phone banking                   - 74 cases      (RM590,000)

  • TOTAL : RM21.8 million
Be warned and take all the precautions to avoid heartbreak.

Seven Million Smartphone Users Exposed To Threat From Cyber Hackers
Nov 2, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: About seven million smartphone users nationwide are exposed to threats from cyber hackers who use smartphones as mediums through which to carry out fraudulent activities like stealing money.

Bukit Aman director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said a lack of awareness about smartphone security made smartphone users easy victims.

"The hackers' modus operandi is to send a malicious Trojan application disguised as a text message to consumers.

"They are unknowingly charged when they reply to the fake message. "Consumers only realise this after receiving costly phone bills although they did not subscribe to the phony services," he said.

The hackers' activities were executed via downloaded applications such as "type on" that caused the victims to bear the hidden expenses even when they had uninstalled the application.

Lookout Mobile Security was quoted as saying that worldwide users lost millions of dollars last year via malware and toll fraud that attacked smartphone users who had accessed applications from suspicious sources rather than trusted ones such as Apple and Google.

Ismail said police statistics records showed that from January to September this year, losses incurred from cyber crime via text or phone call totalled RM21.8 million. The cyber hackers targeted users of Internet and phone banking services, hacking into and abusing these networks.

Cases of illegally intercepted online purchases recorded the highest losses at RM14.5 million (1,298 cases) followed by text messaging service or phone calls at RM3.4 million (412 cases), hacking at RM3.3 million (24 cases) and Internet and phone banking at RM590,000 (74 cases).

However, there were no losses in cases of network abuse since they did not involve the loss of property but the extortion of victims by using personal photographs and threatening words. Twenty-five such cases were recorded.

Ismail said apart from seven million smartphone users, Malaysia had 7.7 million mobile Internet users. - Bernama


Wak Gelas™ said...

wak blom terkena lg gahh.., uuuHUuu, bahaya nii

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

aww..sounds harmful for smartphone users. yet i didnt hear much news bout this

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tehr said...

sebab tu la aku lebih suka hp biasa2 je
memang takut terkena macam ni la

LifeRamblings said...

reading such news send shivers down my spine. hackers are on the rise these days and i hope they get thrown in prison.