Prime Minister Ismail Sabri’s personal Telegram account hacked; incident sheds light on cybersecurity issues in Malaysia

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today revealed that his personal Telegram account had been hacked by “irresponsible individuals”. Furthermore, he also urged anyone who received messages from the account to ignore its content and report the matter to the authorities.

Share the case on his official Twitter account, Ismail did not specify how the account was compromised by hackers. However, the incident highlights the cybersecurity issues in our country, because if the Prime Minister’s personal account could be hacked, it could certainly happen to anyone.

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This latest high-profile hacking incident follows a growing concern over cybersecurity in the country recently, which includes an increased number of online scam cases. In fact, as our sister website TechNave BM reports, Malaysia is actually ranked among the worst nations in the world when it comes to cybersecurity.

Previously, we reported that there is a rampant SMS phishing scam that uses a fake Touch ‘n Go website to trick users. In addition to this, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) also recently released a public service announcement about a fake SMS scam from “GOV” which attempted to trick users into saying it was related to MySejahtera.


Earlier this year, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) reported that more than RM2 million had been lost to online fraud from January to March 2022, with many cases involving compromised Telegram accounts. In a report by Bernama, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Director Datuk Mohd Kamaruddin Md. Din advised Telegram users to enable two-step verification on the app to prevent their accounts from being hacked.

As a result, all you have to do to enable two-step verification on your Telegram account is go to your Settings tab, select “Privacy and Security”, then select the “Two-Step Verification” option. . Telegram will then prompt you to add an additional password and an optional recovery email to enable the feature.

So what do you think of the state of cybersecurity in Malaysia? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and stay tuned to TechNave for more tech news.

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