A Young Hacker’s Dark Web Adventure Ends in Police Arrest

Source: The Star

In a surprising turn of events, a 24-year-old suspected hacker was recently nabbed in Kuala Lumpur after attempting to sell confidential government data on the dark web. The arrest unfolded on December 25 following a raid by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID).

The alleged hacker, eager to make a quick buck, offered the sensitive government information for $200 (RM927) per set, expecting payment in cryptocurrency. The CCID Cryptocurrency Crime Investigation Unit swiftly identified and apprehended the suspect, who was later released on police bail after a four-day remand.

According to Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf, the CCID director, the case has been classified under Section 4(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 for unauthorized modification of computer contents. The compromised data contained personal and sensitive details related to the government agency.

This incident marks the suspect’s first offense, despite having experience in information and communications technology (ICT). Comm Ramli emphasized the significance of the case, highlighting the potential risks associated with such unauthorized access to government information.

In another unrelated case, Comm Ramli disclosed an ongoing investigation into a company responsible for collecting zakat (tithes), which is suspected of misappropriating nearly RM10 million. This unfortunate trend of financial mismanagement involving religious contributions has raised concerns, as zakat is one of the pillars of Islam.

Comm Ramli warned that strict action would be taken against individuals involved in such crimes. He shared the disheartening news that commercial crimes have caused a staggering RM14.3 billion in losses between 2019 and 2022, with a notable increase in cases in 2023.

The CCID director attributed the rise in commercial crimes to advancements in technology and telecommunications, providing fraudsters with new tactics. Despite facing this challenge, the CCID continues its efforts with a consistent team of 839 people, maintaining a ratio of 1 investigating officer to 48 investigation papers. The situation underscores the evolving landscape of cybercrime and the pressing need for law enforcement to adapt to these changes.

Note: This article is an original information from  The Star and For the full details, please check the original source.

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