Malaysia police: $1.1M lost through cyberhacking this year

Amount comes from 24 cases of cyberhacking reported between January and September, and police warn government personnel to use personal devices at work with caution.

Malaysian police have recorded 24 cases of electronic hacking cases between January and September with losses amounting to 3.3 million ringgit (US$1.1 million).

The figure was shared by Federal Commercial CID director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan who warnedMalaysian government personnel against using personal gadgets for official purposes, reported newswire Bernama Thursday.

Syed Ismail said the Official Secrets Act 1972 forbids disseminating government information casually. The act covers the copying of government information into personal devices, he added.

The director said: "In managing government secrets and information, government officers and personnel are not allowed to copy such information into personal gadgets such as smartphones because such information could be compromised."

In June 2011, some government Web sites in Malaysia were targeted by hacktivist group Anonymous  to protest against the government's censorship of sites such as WikiLeaks.

Citing the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Bernama said no personal and financial data were compromised in the attacks. 

In March, CyberSecurity Malaysia reported that the country lost 2.75 billion ringgit (US$897.6M) over the past five years to cybercrime with the financial sector being hit the hardest. The report was not specifically about loss from cyberhacking and includes loss from areas such as intellectual property and copyright infringement on the Internet.