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Malaysia ups defence against WannaCry ransomware cyberattacks

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has stepped up the national cyberdefence and security system to check the WannaCry ransomware cyberattacks that hit the world last Friday, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak on Tuesday (May 16).

He said MCMC had not received any official report on cyberattacks in the country although there had been some media reports.

“Right now, we have yet to receive any report of the threat but we have been informed through the media that there have been 10 reports of such attacks in the country,” he said to reporters after attending ”An Evening with Artistes” organised by the Inland Revenue Board in cooperation with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Amirudin Abdul Wahab confirmed that his agency had received one official report on the attack so far, but believes there are more unreported cases. He added that the report was lodged by an academic institution.

The WannaCry ransomware prevents access to data in the computer that it attacks and puts up images on victims’ screens demanding payment of US$300 in the virtual currency Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

Payment is demanded within three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received within seven days the locked files will be deleted, according to the message.