Sarawak Multimedia Authority to form Cyber Security Unit to curb spread of cybercrime in Sarawak

Cybersecurity (file pic).

KUCHING, Dec 9: Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) is establishing a Cyber Security Unit to curb the spread of cybercrime in the State.

SMA general manager Dato Dr Anderson Tiong Ing Heng in a statement today said that based on data from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department, cybercrimes in Sarawak has increased by 300 cases in the last 11 months of this year compared to the same period last year.

“A total of 1,901 cybercrime cases were recorded from Jan until Nov this year as compared to 1,601 cases recorded in the same period in 2022,” he said.

According to Dr Anderson, of the 1,901 cases recorded, 552 of the cases involved e-commerce crimes, non-existent loans (299 cases), phone scams (252 cases), love scams (51), impersonation (86), e-finance (136), non-existent investment scams (252 cases) and job offers (273 cases).

As such, he said, the Sarawak government is accelerating the implementation of the Cyber Security Framework through the Cyber Security Unit which focuses on effective governance, policy and compliance.

“In addition, we as a government that empowers the digital economy will continue to educate the public to surf the Internet safely,” he said. — DayakDaily