KUALA LUMPUR: Police are conducting an investigation into the alleged sale of personal data of some 22.5 million Malaysians, purportedly taken from the National Registration Department (NRD).
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said his team received a report in connection with the allegation carried by several local news portals on May 18.
“Investigations are being carried out to determine the validity of the allegations and we have given an assurance that a full investigation will be conducted to ensure the issue is addressed immediately,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohd Kamarudin also urged the public not to speculate on the matter.
The alleged sale is said to include the identification card verification snapshots of 800,000 individuals belonging to the NRD and Election Commission (EC).
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin has said the personal details of 22.5 million Malaysians involved in the alleged sale was not from the NRD, but was instead a collection of information from other sources.
Earlier, The Star had reported that the personal information of more than 22 million Malaysians born between 1940 and 2004 were being sold on the dark web for US$10,000 (RM43,950). – Bernama