Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking into the alleged data leak with the police.

KUALA LUMPUR: Potential sources of the leak that led to the attempt to sell data of over 46 million mobile phone subscribers online have been identified, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said.

He assured the government is probing the attempt which followed a major data breach adding that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking into the matter with the police.

"We have identified several potential sources of the leak and we should be able to complete the probe soon," Salleh told reporters when met at the parliament here.

The massive data breach was first reported last month by public online forum Lowyat.net which said it had received information that someone was trying to sell huge databases of personal information.

Lowyat had on Monday said the leaked data was allegedly sold for an undisclosed amount of the digital currency Bitcoin.

It contained lists of mobile phone numbers, identification card numbers, home addresses, and SIM card data of 46.2 million customers from at least 12 Malaysian mobile phone operators.

The lists are believed to include inactive and temporary numbers bought by visiting foreigners.

The data is also believed to contain private information of more than 80,000 individuals leaked from records of the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association, and the Malaysian Dental Association, Lowyat.net reportedly said.

MCMC chief operating officer Mazlan Ismail had on Tuesday said the regulatory body had met with local telecommunications companies to cooperate in the investigation.