2018 Press Releases

June 07, 2018

Astro: Data breach only involves Astro IPTV customers

MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems, the operator of satellite TV service Astro, has assured its customers that the purported data breach involving its subscribers is limited only to Astro IPTV customers provisioned by Maxis.
"The management of Astro Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) customers is a joint responsibility between Astro and its telco partner, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd. No other Astro customers are affected," she told theSun.
The issue came to light when a tech portal claimed today that the personal data of Astro customers have been offered for sale online.
The data was being sold at RM4,500 for 10,000 records, or RM0.45 per record.
The seller was offering 60,000 Astro IPTV service customer details, including names, installation addresses, identity card numbers, mobile phone numbers and portal ID numbers, as well as subscribed package information.
The portal said it stumbled upon the same person selling 50,000 records in January, although it was being sold at RM3,000 for 10,000 records at the time.
It added that it alerted Astro about the data breach then, with the satellite TV operator immediately getting the search engine provider to remove the link.
"Subsequently, Astro lodged a police report on Feb 8," an Astro spokesman said.
In October 2017, the personal details of some 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers were leaked online in what is believed to be one of the largest data breaches in the country.