Police had cleared company of any wrongdoing over data leak, says Nuemera

PETALING JAYA: Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd has clarified that the massive data leak of telco users in the country did not originate from its company, as police investigations has cleared it of any wrongdoing.

Nuemera said it had given its fullest cooperation during the investigations by the police back in Oct 2017.

It noted that during the investigations, the police had also visited the main public cellular blocking service (PCBS) infrastructure, which is hosted at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission's (MCMC) Data Centre in Cyberjaya.

"As a result of this, thorough a six-month investigation, we believe the police have cleared Nuemera of any wrongdoing, as stated in a letter issued to Nuemera through our lawyer on April 26,2018.

"In the said letter, the police said “hasil siasatan mendapati sehingga kini tiada sebarang bukti yang menunjukkan bahawa Syarikat Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd serta kakitangan yang terlibat dalam kebocoran atau penjualan data-data di Internet” which is translated as “To date, the result of the investigation revealed that there was no evidence that Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd, as well as its staff were involved in the leak or sale of data on the Internet.

"This, to us, is an affirmation that there has been no evidence that the data leaked on the Internet originated from us or the PCBS," it said in a statement on Monday (Oct 21).

On Oct 19,2017, technology portal Lowyat.net reported a breach involving 46 million mobile phone numbers after receiving a tip-off that someone was attempting to sell a huge database of Malaysians’ personal details for an undisclosed amount of the digital currency, Bitcoin.

The PCBS, launched in February 2014, was an initiative by the MCMC to provide a service that allowed stolen phones to be blocked from making calls, texting or accessing the Internet – even if the subscriber identification module (SIM) card was changed.

Last Tuesday (Oct 15), the MCMC, in a parliamentary written reply, announced that, following investigations, it had terminated the appointment of Nuemera on Jan 26,2018, as it had breached basic provisions of the contract agreement.

However, Nuemera said it has been in full compliance and have fulfilled all obligations as per its contract with MCMC.

"As there are contractual disputes pertaining to the same, MCMC and Nuemera have mutually agreed to refer the matter to the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC). As such, we are unable to comment further," it said.

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