KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Cyber criminals have hit Malaysia to the tune of RM1 billion in losses, making the country the sixth most vulnerable to cybercrime, according to the Sophos Security Threat Report 2013.
Communication and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said according to the report, Malaysia was listed along with several countries, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, China, India and Indonesia.
“We are also facing security threats from international criminal organisations which abuse the internet for various cross-border illegal activities such as drugs, human trafficking, financial fraud and money laundering.
“It is also sad to note that cyber criminals are exploiting the public’s thirst for information on the (Malaysia Airlines) flights MH370 and MH17 cases,” he said when opening the 4th Annual Information Security Summit here today. Also present was Asian World Summit chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas.
Jailani said cyber crime in the country had increased to 10,636 cases last year, from 9,986 cases the previous year.
He said statistics from the Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) also stated incidents on malicious codes had the highest increase with 1,106 more cases recorded last year, from 645 cases in 2012.
“Incidents of cyber harassment, fraud and spam have also shown a slight increase with the highest reduction in intrusion incidents,” he added.