After getting 500 IC numbers, ‘official’ hack verification site reveals itself as fake
siapakenahack.com, which purported itself as an “official” website to verify whether you were involved in the recent data leak, revealed today that it was a dud, but not before around 500 people entered their personal details there.KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 – The website
CF Fong was quoted in The Star Online today as saying that the purpose of creating the website was none other than to “educate people on any broker or third party sites”.
“The whole idea is to educate people because recently people were keying in their identification card (IC) numbers into the sayakenahack.com website,” the founder of security services company LGMS was quoted as saying.
The proper way to check if one’s phone number had been hacked, he said, was to verify with the telco companies directly.
The website’s header reads “Malaysia Official Data Leak Verification System” and claims to be created by the Ministry of Malaysia National Cyber Communication Council (MNCC) to allow the public to perform verification after news on data leak made headlines.
MNCC does not exist.
“If you are more technical and IT savvy, you could actually check the origin of the website, the owner, the place the website is hosted and also by Google-searching the website,” Fong said.
Fong reportedly said that anyone could create a similar website as such for sinister motives and therefore cautioned against revealing important details on the internet.
“The moment you key in your phone number, a prompt may ask you to install a plug-in or simple software for verification,” he was quoted as saying.
It was recently reported that the data of more than 46 million mobile users in the country had been leaked in 2014.
Tech blogger Keith Rozario had subsequently created sayakenahack.com website to enable users to see if their information had been stolen. To do so, users would have to key in their identification card numbers.
The website has since been blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on Thursday.
Rozario said he would take his website down by Monday morning.
The MCMC has not yet responded whether it would similarly act against siapakenahack.com.