No Ransomware attack complaints within ministry, says Jailani

R KamalavaciniFriday, May 19, 2017

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has yet to receive any official report or complaint on WannaCry Ransomware attacks to date. 

“So far, within the ministry we have not yet received any report on breach of security,” said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari. 

He said any new development on the Ransomware threat is being monitored by CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry. 

“We are not privy to reports from other ministries as this issue is not handled by us, it doesn’t fall under our jurisdiction. We are willing to offer our technical advice on the ransomware attack to CyberSecurity, if required,” said Jailani. 

According to CyberSecurity, it has only received one official report from an academic institution so far. 

However, it added that there may be other unreported incidents related to the WannaCry Ransomware global attack, which began on May 12. 

Jailani (third from left) with Celcom Axiata CEO Michael Kuehner (second from left) and Ashton (right) at Malaysia’s 1st 5G lab trial demonstration in Kuala lumpur ( Afif Abd Halim/TMR)

Jailani advised the public to be wary of the Ransomware WannaCry cyber virus attacks and not to open emails that may be infected by the virus. Jailani was speaking to reporters after unveiling Malaysia’s first fifth-generation (5G) lab trial demonstration, pioneered by Celcom Axiata Bhd and Ericsson Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

During his opening remarks, the deputy minister said the 5G network would spur innovation across many industries in the country. 

He said recent project announcements, including the Digital Free Trade Zone and Kuala Lumpur Internet City, demonstrate that Malaysia is en route to be the epicentre of South-East Asia’s Internet economy. 

The 5G technology break-through will drive the country to be one of the world’s largest purpose-built digital hubs for tech giants and leading start-ups worldwide, he said. 

“Therefore, we must have the proper infrastructure in place to support the rapid growth of the Internet economy. This is where 5G comes in and plays a key role to ensure not only efficiency, but also to open up a window of opportunity for digital players,” he added. 

He said, ultimately 5G will be a solid foundation in creating a strong ecosystem to enable innovation. 

5G presents a huge opportunity for telcommunication operators that addresses industry digitalisation, with a foreseen global revenue potential of US$585 billion (RM2.53 trillion) by 2026. 

Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka president Todd Ashton said the trial would be conducted in a few phases and it would take between three and four years to commercialise 5G. 

“We will study and test the new technology to capture the full potential of 5G for customers, business users and entire industries in the country,” said Ashton. 

The milestone project was a result of the 5G memorandum of understanding signed by Celcom and Ericsson in Barcelona in February this year. 



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