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Friday, December 11, 2009

Malaysia, Cyber Threat Cases Up 87 Pct In 10 Months

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 09 | Bernama  -- 

An 87 per cent increase in cyber threat cases were reported through the Cyber99 Assistance Centre between January and October as compared to the same period last year.

The statistics were recorded by the MyCert Department of CyberSecurity Malaysia while the number of cases handled by the Digital Forensics Department rose by 17 per cent to 304 cases from 260 in the same period.

Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadillah Yusof, in disclosing the figures when closing a two-day training on cyber crisis in Seri Kembangan, said efforts to step up cyber safety must be given serious attention by the parties concerned n the wake of rising cyber threat incidents.

He said cyber safety experts had forewarned on the trend to wage cyber attacks on critical infrastructures by organised crime groups, terrorists and secret agents for money, strategic and political interests as the ulterior motive.

"Such threats are very worrying as in the event of a cyber attack on the country's critical information infrastructures, it will have a serious implication on the country's security," he added.