PETALING JAYA: The creator of SayaKenaHack.com will be taking down the website on Sunday (Nov 19).
In a blog post on Thursday (Nov 16), IT expert Keith Rozario said he has “a script scheduled to run at midnight on Sunday to tear down the database”.
“So if you wanna check, you better do it now, cause in 3 days time, it’ll be gone (sic),” he wrote.
Rozario, who is based in Singapore, said he was afraid that the next time he lands in Malaysia, he might “end up in handcuffs at the back of a police car”.
“But sometimes, you gotta do what’s right, and not just what’s ‘legally permissible’,” he said.
Rozario said he believes that people have the right to know if their personal data was being leaked online, even if they were not able to do anything about it.
“You might choose to 'not know', but that is a right you can choose to exercise. No one should be allowed to withhold that information from you.
“If you have terminal un-treatable cancer - does that mean a doctor shouldn’t tell you about it? If you’re on plane that’s about to crash, should the pilot remain silent?
“You have a right to know about the leak, regardless if whether you can do anything about it,” he wrote.
Rozario claimed that banning the website was akin to saying that only “geeks and hackers” can access the data, but not the “average joes”.
“This data is freely available for anyone to download. The only people with the skills to find it are people we generally refer to as ‘geeks’ or ‘hackers’.
“This is elitism, and it’s wrong,” he said.
Rozario also clarified that he had “no way” of retrieving the full phone numbers from the database.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked SayaKenaHack.com on Thursday, following an application from the Personal Data Protection Department under Section 130 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 for unlawful collection of personal data.
The Star ran a series of articles on a data breach that affected some 46.2 million subscribers.
On Wednesday (Nov 15), it highlighted the discovery of another breach within the major breach.
Malaysians discovered that unknown mobile phone numbers were registered under their MyKad numbers when they logged into SayaKenaHack.com.