Selangor Journal
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Man arrested for hacking, selling govt agency’s data

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 — A man with information technology expertise has been arrested for hacking and selling data belonging to a government agency on the Dark Web.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the 24-year-old was arrested last Monday (December 25).

Speaking at a press conference today, he said the police investigation revealed the suspect had sold data on the website for US$200 (RM927) for each data set, with payment in the form of cryptocurrency.

“We successfully traced the man thanks to the efficiency of the CCID Cryptocurrency Crime Investigation Unit.

“The investigation also found the suspect was just ‘dabbling’ in this crime and does not have any criminal record,” Ramli said.

The suspect was released on police bail on December 29, and the case was being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997.

Meanwhile, the police have investigated four cases of criminal breach of trust involving RM9.7 million in zakat collection, with two cases in Selangor and one case each in Terengganu and Perak throughout 2023.

“The Perak case recorded the highest loss at RM9.6 million. In this case, the company, appointed as a zakat collection agent by the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council, is suspected of having failed to deposit zakat collection money from March to September.

“The case was investigated under Section 409 of the Penal Code. It is very disheartening when zakat money is also misappropriated by the individuals entrusted to collect the money

“Zakat collection money should be properly managed in accordance with the requirements of the religion. CCID gives a stern warning to the perpetrators that firm action will be taken to ensure this kind of crime does not happen again,” he said.

— Bernama

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