KUALA LUMPUR: Lowyat.net has today revealed another major data leak. This time, the portal claimed that the personal data of Astro IPTV customers are up for sale.
The portal stated that its crawlers “stumbled upon an offer for sale of personal customer data belonging to pay TV operator Astro”.
A seller had advertised that up to 50,000 customer details, including the customers’ name, address, mobile phone and portal ID numbers, are available for sale.
Lowyat further stated that the details were available for RM3,000 per 10,000 records, which is RM0.30 per customer.
The portal, in making the discovery in January year had said that Astro was alerted to the matter and that the satellite TV operator, at that time, has assured Lowyat that it will work with the relevant authorities to protect the personal data of its customers.
However, just last week, the portal once again found a similar offer of sale of Astro customers’ data, this time at a higher price of RM4,500 per 10,000 records. It is also understood that the number of personal data available is now at 60,000 instead of the initial 50,000.
Lowyat had said that it has alerted relevant authorities to the matter.
“We are once again calling out to all organisations who handle personal data to ensure that they exercise due care and diligence in ensuring the safety of the personal data that has been entrusted to them,” the report said.