Personal Data of Consumers Leaked to Insurance Agents and Loan Sharks!

  • 09 Jul 2019

Imagine receiving a call from a total stranger, trying to sell you a product or service, while churning out everything from your Mykad number to your old home address. 

That is exactly the predicament faced by M Krishna, 50, a suspected victim of personal data breach. 

Krishna, who hails from Alor Gajah, Malacca, said the caller, who claimed to be an insurance agent, wanted to introduce new policies to him.

"I used to work in Kelantan between 2002 and 2006, and the caller gave me the exact details on the house I lived in previously," he was quoted telling The Star, adding that the episode upset him. 

Krishna could be one of the thousands of victims, whose personal data have been leaked to insurance agents and even loan sharks. 

Malacca Pakatan Harapan youth vice-chief Naqiuddin Nazrin said he has received feedback from the grassroots complaining about receiving such calls. 

He called for the speedy amendment to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010, to prevent the recurrence of such cases. 

In January this year, a collection of files containing around 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords were reportedly leaked on the Mega Cloud service.

There was also a report about some 1.6 million records, belonging to students who enrolled for various courses at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) between 2000 and 2018, being breached and leaked online.

In Oct 2017, someone tried to sell personal details of some 46 million telco subscribers, including their postpaid and prepaid numbers, personal details, addresses, as well as SIM card information, for an undisclosed amount in an online forum.

Source: The Star,, Free Malaysia Today
Photo source: Astro Awani