Posted: 10 Nov 2011 01:11 AM PST
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to step up its efforts to prevent cyber crimes such as hackings.
On 10.11.2011, Dr Tan asked additional question in Parliament on Global Cyber Security Association (GCSA) which involves many organizations, public and private, internationally.
The cyber world develops very rapidly and its crimes increase proportionately, threatening the security in many fields including banking. What is powerful for good is also powerful for evil.
In 2009, the loss due to cyber crimes in Malaysia was estimated as RM13 million and in 2010 RM22 million. In the next five years, it is projected as RM2.73 billion.
Among the activities of GCSA are international platform, cooperation between private and public sectors and professionals dealing with increasing cyber threats.
Hackers can operate from within and outside the country. Malaysian hackers do not lag behind as shown in the conviction and imprisonment for 10 years of a Malaysian in America recently. The convicted person hacked into banking facilities.
Keeping up with new technology and cyber criminal activities is difficult. Besides cooperating internationally, all concerned especially the ministry have to step up the efforts to prevent and to track them.
Tan Seng Giaw
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