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Malindo Air says data leak caused by ex-staffers from contractor firm

Christian Fernsby |
Malindo Air said on Monday that two former employees of its e-commerce contractor were responsible for its passenger data breach.

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Malindo Air confirmed the breach last week after Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky alerted users in Malaysia and Thailand.

Kaspersky told Reuters in an email it had sent out an alert on Sept. 13, two days after the data breach was made public.

Kaspersky said in its alert that the personal details of almost 46 million passengers of Malindo and Thai Lion Air, another Lion Group subsidiary, were posted online. Kaspersky said parts of the leaked databases were offered for sale.

Malindo Air said in a statement that two former employees of e-commerce services provider GoQuo (M) Sdn Bhd in their development center in India “improperly accessed and stole the personal data of our customers”.

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