Glitch in MyBayar Saman leaves ‘door’ open, personal data vulnerable

Those who registered with the Royal Malaysia Police’s mobile application MyBayar Saman were caught off guard after finding out anyone can access their details like addresses and phone numbers.

A Twentytwo13 reader said he managed to check the summons status of five of his family members and friends, without even knowing their passwords.

Twentytwo13 verified the claims and immediately alerted Bukit Aman regarding the matter.

Among the details available are the status of the summonses, details of the summonses, when and how they were paid, home addresses, and mobile numbers.

The MyBayar Saman app had suffered several issues, including the inability to log in and register online, most likely due to the high volume of users who had registered for the mobile application.

This was after police and the Road Transport Department announced they were offering 80 per cent discounts on summonses, in conjunction with the ‘Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia’ event, which started last Thursday, and ended over the weekend.

Due to the overwhelming response, police extended its discount offer on summonses until Dec 31.

In June, Malaysians were shocked to see their names listed as People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members, even though they had never signed up.

Barely three months later, the Home Ministry was alerted to the alleged National Registration Department data breach, following claims that four million data, belonging to Malaysians born between 1979 and 1998, were on sale for RM35,000.

Following the incident, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said personal data protection must be given more attention if Malaysia intends to be among the main digital hubs in Southeast Asia.

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