Malaysia unrolls new malware detection system

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KUALA LUMPUR: The national cyber-security agency has announced a new malware detection and alert system to reduce the impact of threats for organisations.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, which falls under the purview of the communications and multimedia ministry, said the Coordinated Malware Eradication and Remediation Platform (CMERP) was developed locally through a public-private collaboration.

It uses smart security features to automatically detect and warn of cyber threats as well as to mitigate them.

CMERP was piloted at the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka research centre before being rolled out commercially.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman Mohd Azumi Mohamed said CMERP could help bolster defences for corporations and organisations in a period of advancing cyber threats.  “Cyber threats and attacks know no boundaries.

 It is therefore important that we work together to pool our resources and bolster our collective defences against common threats,” he said in his opening speech at the CyberSecurity Malaysia: Awards, Conference & Exhibition today.

Last week, Channel NewsAsia reported that German-based cyber security firm Greenbone Networks had found that the medical records of nearly 20,000 Malaysian patients were freely available online in what it called one of the largest worldwide data glitches to date.

Information such as patients’ full names, dates of birth and dates of examination were leaked, along with x-ray, CT and MRI images. The health ministry is investigating the breach. (Source: