Socso hacking: Human Resources Ministry taking appropriate action to avoid recurrence

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry has taken appropriate action to ensure that cyberattacks on Social Security Organisation (Socso) systems will not recur.

Its minister V. Sivakumar, said follow-up action would also be taken as soon as the mastermind responsible for hacking Socso's IT systems, database and website is identified.

He said the problem is under control and Socso’s daily operations are running smoothly as usual, including the process of paying compensation and benefits to eligible recipients as well as processing of new contributor applications.

"All appropriate action needed has been executed by Socso. There is nothing (no problem) in the Socso operations for now,” he said after a Socso media event here on Monday (Dec 11).

Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed previously said that forensic investigations are underway on the alleged involvement of certain parties behind the cyberattack.

Meanwhile, Sivakumar said his ministry, together with the Economy Ministry and several other ministries, is studying in detail the implementation of the progressive wage policy, which is expected to be introduced in the first half of 2024.

"Next year, we will bring a new approach related to progressive wages where the White Paper on Progressive Wages has been presented in Parliament and its implementation is being scrutinised.

"Apart from that, the ministry is working to combat the issue of forced labour. We are aware that many workers are neglected, as reported by the media, so next year, the Labour Department will be more strict and active in conducting operations throughout the country to curb this issue," he said.

Sivakumar said that next year, the minstry would also formulate a specific policy for the welfare of the growing number of gig economy workers to prevent them from being oppressed and taken advantage of by any employer. – Bernama

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