Cybercriminals Begone! MCMC Successfully Resolved Nearly All Cybercrime Complaints

From January until June this year, The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) received more than 11,000 complaints on cybercriminal activities.

Good news as MCMC announced today that it had successfully resolved 99.83% of the 11,235 complaints it had received in the first half of 2020. I’m impressed, that was faster than I thought it would take them.

The government agency said it is committed to taking action on every complaint received and so far they delivered as you can see.

The complaints they received were related to numerous cyberspace offences such as hacking, online gambling, cyberbullying, scams, harassment, copyright infringement, pornography, fake news and more.

How did they do it though? MCMC stated that 80.56% of the complaints were resolved by providing advice , guidance and education to the public, and that another 18% had been referred to social media platform providers for further action in accordance with their respective terms of service. The last 1.27% were found to have violated provisions under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Following investigations, 7 of the 143 cases were brought to court where charges were filed. But the fight is not over yet as MCMC said the rest are still in various stages of investigation, ranging from awaiting a decision to requiring further instructions from the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia.

The remaining 0.17% of the 11,235 complaints received were classified as beyond the jurisdiction of MCMC and referred for further action to other relevant agencies.

What about social media? Don’t worry, MCMC added that stern action on issues relating to the misuse of social media and ongoing enforcement efforts to safeguard public order will always be taken.

Cybercrime can be pretty scary. You never know who is on the other end of the screen and you could be the next victim of these crimes. So what are the steps should you take if you noticed something suspicious going on online?

MCMC reminded the public to file complaints on social media and internet abuse on the MCMC complaint portal or to email them to [email protected]. Stay safe everyone!

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