Bank Negara suspends Ccris access to reporting firms, cites possible 'data leaks'

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Bank Negara suspends Ccris access to reporting firms, cites possible 'data leaks'
Bank Negara suspends Ccris access to reporting firms, cites possible 'data leaks'

Bank Negara has suspended access to its Central Credit Reference Information System (Ccris) for all credit reporting agencies since yesterday.

This was revealed in an announcement to Bursa Malaysia by CTOS Digital Bhd (Ctos) yesterday evening.

Ctos said that the temporary suspension was necessary against “potential cyber threats” and the possibility of “data leak” in the credit reporting industry.

In view of this development, Ctos said its platforms will not be able to provide Ccris information to customers.

“Upholding customer data security has always been our utmost priority, and we are committed to fulfil the conditions in order for the suspension to be uplifted.

“We are working expeditiously to resume these services as quickly as possible. The rest of our portfolio of services remain available to our customers,” said the company.

Bank Negara has not made any official comment on why they decided to cut access to Ccris.

This decision comes at a time when several government agencies and ministries are dismissing the veracity of advertisements for the purported sale of government-held databases with personal identification information (PII).

These advertisements have appeared on a website known as raidforums.com, which hosts large databases with PII from around the world.

So far, the National Registration Department, Inland Revenue Board, Armed Forces and Companies Commission have denied that their data security was compromised.

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