The viral infographic claiming that the PKPD for eight states and federal territories in Malaysia was just extended to 3 January 2021 is FALSE.
Take a look at what just went viral on social media, and why it is just fake news!
Claim : PKPD in Malaysia Extended To 3 January 2021?
This was the infographic that went viral on social media today, 3 December 2020. We added the FALSE overlay to prevent further abuse.
It claimed that the PKPD (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan) or EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) for these eight states and federal territories in Malaysia was just extended to 3 January 2021.
PKPD In Malaysia Extended To 3 January 2021 : FAKE NEWS!
That infographic is fake and was edited from previous infographics released by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN).
For the Doubting Thomases of the world who always ask, “How you know?”, here are the facts why…
Fact #1 : There Is No PKPD / EMCO Of Any State In Malaysia
There is no PKPD or EMCO covering an entire state or federal territory in Malaysia.
Only PKPB (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat) or CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) exists for these seven states or federal territories :
North : Penang, Perak
East : Terengganu, Kelantan
Central : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
South : Negeri Sembilan
Fact #2 : Labuan Is A Federal Territory
Labuan is always listed as WP Labuan in government infographics, because it is a federal territory, like Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Fact #3 : The Government Has Debunked It As Fake
The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) has just publicly debunked the infographic as fake (with our English translation).
ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION : access precise location (GPS and network-based)
CALL_PHONE : directly call phone numbers
CAMERA : take pictures and videos
READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : read the contents of your SD card
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : modify or delete the contents of your SD card
We immediately noticed that several controversial permissions are no longer in it :
GET_ACCOUNTS : find accounts on the device
READ_CONTACTS : read your contacts
WRITE_CONTACTS : modify your contacts
So if you are worried that MySejahtera is reading your contacts or modifying them, just UPDATE it to the latest version 1.0.25!
Fact #4 : Actual Permissions Are Fewer
When we checked MySejahtera 1.0.25 as installed in our phone, we found that it actually asked for and used only 11 permissions, instead of 14 as reported by Exodus.
The report also offered a bit more context about those permissions. For instance, location data is only made available when you are actively using the app.
That’s because the location data is used by MySejahtera for its Hotspot Tracker and Locate Health Screening Facility features.
In your phone, you can tap on them for more information on what they allow the app to do.
Fact #5 : Apps Need To Read, Modify + Delete Their Own Data
The permission to read, modify and delete content on our phone may seem ridiculous, but it is a necessity for most apps.
Unless the apps is merely a container for a website or web service, it needs to store data, and modify or delete it when necessary.
Fact #6 : Access To External / SD Card Is Necessary
Most developers will also ask for the permission to read, modify and delete content to the (micro) SD card, because of Adoptable Storage.
Adoptable Storage is a feature that lets smartphones use external storage (like a microSD card) as if it is part of their internal storage.
When a microSD card is used this way, apps like MySejahtera can be installed on it. Therefore, it would require permission to read, modify and delete its own data on the external storage card.
Fact #7 : Android Restricts Data Snooping
Apps that have access to read / modify / write external storage are allowed to access files from other apps. However, this is limited to only these three media collections :
MySejahtera, or any other app with similar permissions, cannot read / modify / delete data outside of those three media storage locations.
MySejahtera is owned and operated by the Government of Malaysia. It is administrated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and assisted by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). The Government assures that the collection of your personal information is align with Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709).
The app will not record user’s Personal Data except with the permission and voluntarily provided by the user. Information collected are used for monitoring and enforcement purposes by Government authorities in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is not shared with other organizations for other purposes unless specifically stated.
Fact #9 : You Are Protected By PDPA 2010 (Act 709)
Japan’s professor of Physiology & Medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, created a sensation in front of the media today by saying that the corona virus is not natural. If it is natural, it wouldn’t have adversely affected entire world like this, as per nature.
日本的生理学和醫學教授本庶佑（Tasuku Honjo）博士 （註一）今天在媒体面前製造了轟動，他说冠狀病毒不是天然的。如果這是自然的，根據性質, 它不會對整個世界造成這樣的負面影響。
Temperature is different in different countries. if it is natural, it would’ve adversely affected only those countries having same temperature as China. Instead, It is spreading in a country like Switzerland, in the same way it is spreading in the desert areas.
Whereas if it were natural, it would have spread in cold places, but died in hot places. I have done 40 years of research on animals and viruses. It is not natural. It is manufactured and the virus is completely artificial.
I have come the conclusion that since USA has all the 5 strains mutating at the same time, and there are millions of infections with some around still not tested. It is obvious, that the the huge number of death lends credibility to the CDC of America ‘s wrong classification of corona virus death in July to December 2019 to Flu diseases.
Also a reported leak and closure of Fort Detrick , and strange Coronavirus death spreading in Italy and Iran in November, even before the Wuhan outbreak , lend credibility to the early outbreak from America. I can now said with confidence USA is the source of the original outbreak.
On 25 April 2020, Mir Monaz Haque, the Editor-In-Chief of Asia Today, posted this variant on his Facebook page (now deleted) without comment, lending further credence to the story :
Japan’s professor of Physiology or Medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, created a sensation in front of the media today by saying that the corona virus is not natural.
if it is natural, it wudn’t hv adversely affected entire world like this. bcoz, as per nature, Temperature is different in different countries.
if it is natural, it wud’ve adversely affected only those countries hvg same temperature as China. instead, It is spreading in a country like Switzerland, in the same way it is spreading in the desert areas.
whereas if it were natural, it would hv spread in cold places, but died in hot places. I have done 40 years of research on animals and viruses.
It is not natural. It is manufactured and the virus is completely artificial.
I have come to the conclusion that since USA has all the 5 strains mutating at the same time, and there are millions of infections with some around still not tested, it is obvious, that the the huge number of death lends credibility to the CDC of America ‘s wrong classification of corona virus death in July to December 2019 to Flu diseases.
Also a reported leak and closure of Fort Detrick ,and strange Coronavirus death spreading in Italy and Iran in November, even before the Wuhan outbreak , lend credibility to the early outbreak from America. I can now said with confidence USA is the source of the original outbreak.
Fact #3 : Professor Honjo Does Not Work On Viruses
Tasuku Honjo is a professor of Immunology and Genomic Medicine. He has only worked on immunology, not virology.
His 2018 Nobel Prize, in particular, was for his work on stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells in cancer.
Fact #4 : Tasuku Honjo Issued A Statement Refuting The Claim
Professor Honjo issued this statement through one of his PhD students :
Prof. Honjo never gave any such statement. Each and every sentence of this post is completely false and has no connection with truth.
Prof. Honjo never worked in Wuhan laboratory. He never called there. He did not work on virus origin and functions and other related issues.
All the contents are just concocted and nothing else.
Fact #5 : Tasuku Honjo Said COVID-19 Originated In China
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review on 10 April 2020, Professor Tasuku Honjo said that COVID-19 originated in China, but also that it will be the first country to recover from it.
However, he never said that it was manufactured or created by China. Originating in a country, is quite different from creating it.
Fact #6 : Multiple Strains Denote A Later Time Line
Viruses mutate and create new strains over time. A novel virus like COVID-19 would start with a single strain and evolve into multiple strains as it spreads globally and mutate over time.
Hence, the very fact that there are five strains in the United States would actually refute it as the source of SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In fact, by analysing the genomic changes of these strains, scientists have pretty much concluded that SARS-CoV-2 did indeed originate in China.
Fact #7 : Earliest COVID-19 Death In US Was In February 2020
The CDC did not wrongly diagnose COVID-19 deaths in the US from July to December 2019.
The earliest death from COVID-19 in the US was revised on 22 April 2020, with the diagnosis of three COVID-19 deaths in Santa Clara, California :
a 57 year-old woman on 6 February 2020
a 69 year-old man on 17 February 2020
a 70 year-old man on 6 March 2020
Fact #8 : Fort Detrick Was Closed Because Of Sterilisation Plant Failure
The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.
Conspiracy theorists pounced on that as “evidence” that COVID-19 may have leaked from Fort Detrick, but a quick check would reveal that :
the shutdown was ordered because the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
the lab’s steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas
if SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, Maryland would have been the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.
Fact #9 : SARS-CoV-2 Is Just ONE Of Many Coronaviruses
Conspiracy theorists keep saying that coronavirus deaths were reported long before SARS-CoV-2 appeared in Wuhan.
But the fact of the matter is – SARS-CoV-2 is merely one of many coronaviruses in the world, including SARS and MERS!
The earliest cases of COVID-19 have so far been traced back to Wuhan, China.
Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?
With China’s aggressive foreign policy moves in recent years, it is not uncommon to see fake pro-China, anti-America stories being created and shared.
Many believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas, and to drown out negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea..
This COVID-19 was made in the US is also part of the narrative China has been trying to push, after US President Donald Trump blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.
Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery just received a Sheltered Harbor endorsement!
Find out what this means for financial services organisations looking for a Sheltered Harbor-certified turnkey data vault!
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : Endorsed by Sheltered Harbor!
On 10 November 2020, Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery was officially endorsed by Sheltered Harbor – the non-profit initiative to improve the stability and resiliency of the financial sector.
This is the culmination of two years of work between Dell and Sheltered Harbor teams, to develop a solution designed for financial services organisations.
If your organisation is a Sheltered Harbor participant, or eligible to be one, you can now purchase and quickly deploy the Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery – a turnkey data vault that meets all of the stringent Sheltered Harbor criteria.
The Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery Solution for Sheltered Harbour helps participants achieve compliance with data vaulting standards and certification, and plan for operational resilience and recovery against any cyber attack.
If your organisation is not part of the Sheltered Harbor community, you can still deploy PowerProtect Cyber Recovery to protect your data with the same stringent Sheltered Harbor standards.
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : What Is It?
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery is an on-premise turnkey data vaulting solution that protects customers from all kinds of cyber threats.
Its CyberSense analytics and machine learning capabilities allow customers to monitor data integrity, ensuring the continued quality of their data.
It also comes with forensic tools to let customers discover, diagnose and remediate ongoing attacks.
Two photos have gone viral, showing foreign workers walking around freely, while wearing pink COVID-19 bracelets.
Take a look at the two viral photos, and find out what the facts really are!
Fact Check : Foreign Workers With Pink COVID-19 Bracelets?
Two photos have gone viral, showing foreign workers walking around freely, while wearing pink COVID-19 bracelets.
These pink bracelets are used to tag those who must quarantine themselves, so many netizens have condemned these foreign workers for putting everyone at risk.
Foreign Workers With Pink COVID-19 Bracelets : The Truth
After the pictures went viral, the Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, posted a statement.
He confirmed that they were indeed wearing pink COVID-19 bracelets, but they were NOT contravening rules, or putting anyone at risk.
Fact #1 : They Are Allowed To Freely Move Within The Construction Site
273 construction workers were screened as part of a workplace surveillance program.
264 were issued these pink COVID-19 bracelets, because they are foreigners who lived at the construction site.
They were allowed to move freely within the construction site, just not allowed to leave. This was because they were undergoing a surveillance screening program, not a close contact screening program.
Two security guards were stationed at the entrance, and police officers from the Wangsa Maju police department would check in every day.
The developer also stopped work from 13 November until 15 November to facilitate cleaning and disinfection of the construction site, while waiting for their test results to be released on 15 November 2020.
Fact #2 : Only One Worker Tested Positive
The surveillance program detected one COVID-19 positive case, but it was a worker who lived outside the construction site.
Eight other workers were determined to be his close contacts, and ordered to quarantine from 7 November until 20 November.
Fact #3 : The Rest Were Released On 15 November 2020
The other workers tested negative and were issued a release order on 15 November 2020, and had their pink COVID-19 bracelets removed.
Therefore, by the time the pictures went viral, they had already tested negative for COVID-19, and released from their site quarantine.
COVID-19 Quarantine Bracelet : What Is It?
The Malaysia Ministry of Health mandates that those who are under quarantine must wear a COVID-19 quarantine bracelet.
Those under quarantine are not just those who came back from overseas. They can include those who had close contact with COVID-19 patients, or are in EMCO areas.
The bracelet will state the place and date of testing. The individual wearing it cannot remove the bracelet, and must stay at home until the quarantine period is over.
The only exception is if they are the head of the household and need to go out to purchase essential supplies. However, this is only if the other adults in the family are also under quarantine.
Despite the perception that COVID-19 quarantine uses pink bracelets, they come in five colours – red, pink, blue, whiteand yellow.
The colour of the bracelet depends on the stock available to a particular District Health Office.
The bracelet can only be cut by authorised officers at the District Health Office, after the wearers have completed their quarantine.
The Malaysia Ministry of Health has called for the public to report those who are seen in public with these quarantine bracelets.
However, the public should not name and shame them online, and just report them to the police, as they may have legitimate reasons to be out, like getting an antibody test.
A video claiming that OLDTOWN White Coffee used pork in their curry mee has gone viral, leading to an official investigation by the authorities!
Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!
Viral Video : Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee?
In the video that went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp, a man accused OLDTOWN White Coffee of using pork in their curry mee.
He pokes at the red-coloured meat, and insists that they put in 5-6 slices of pork.
For our foreign readers who may not understand, pork is haram (forbidden) for Muslims.
KPDNHEP Investigates Claims Of Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee
The accusation is so serious in Malaysia, that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) launched an investigation.
Five KPDNHEP Selangor officers inspected the OLDTOWN White Coffee restaurant in Subang Jaya on 13 November 2020, and took samples of the alleged pork used in their curry mee.
Note that this officer is holding a packet of BBQ Chicken, and pointing at its halal stamp.
The Truth : There Is NO Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee!
Here is the short verdict on the viral video. It’s a FALSE ACCUSATION, and there is NO PORK in OLDTOWN White Coffee’s curry mee.
This is yet another viral video that has been proven to be FALSE, and here are the reasons why…
Reason #1 : JAKIM + KPDNHEP Confirmed The Claim As FALSE
After investigating the claim, both JAKIM and KPDNHEP confirmed that the claim in the video is false.
The meat used was chicken, not pork, as alleged by the man in the video.
JAKIM also warned the public not to make baseless accusations, while OLDTOWN is consulting their lawyers to determine if they should take action against those who made the false accusation.
Reason #2 : Char Siu Is Not Always Pork
It is likely that the man in the video mistook the red-coloured meat as char siu – barbecued pork.
However, char siu versions of other meats like chicken, beef and venison are available for Muslims, and those who prefer not to eat pork.
After all, the char siu seasoning is made from honey, five-spice powder, red fermented bean curd, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce and red food colouring, and can be applied to most meats.
In fact, OLDTOWN White Coffee uses chicken char siu in their curry mee, which is clearly visible in their product shot :
Reason #3 : OLDTOWN White Coffee Is Halal-Certified
OLDTOWN White Coffee is a chain of halal-certified restaurants. That means they have to abide by these rules :
Equipment used shall be free from najs, does not contain any hazardous materials and results in side effects to the products produced;
Appliances / brushes from animal hair are not allowed;
The arrangement of equipments and goods in the factory shall be neat, tidy and safe;
Workers are not allowed to live in the premise compound. If it is necessary, living quarters for the workers shall be:
a. having separate entrance to the premise compound;
b. no direct passage way from the worker’s living quarters to the premise compound; and
c. there is a control mechanism on the movement in and out of workers.
Non-halal food/ beverages are not allowed to be brought into the premise compound;
The premise shall have an effective control system from premises that process/ prepare non-halal materials;
All central kitchens and outlets for chain restaurants/ franchise/ food court shall apply for halal certification; and
Liquor and materials sourced from liquor is strictly prohibited to be in the halal kitchen and hotel including the storage area.
While it is not necessary for Muslims to eat only from halal-certified restaurants, a valid Halal certificate means they undergo periodic inspections to ensure they follow the rules.
Reason #4 : Chicken Is Much CHEAPER Than Pork
One of our reader, Johari Jeffrey, points out that chicken is much cheaper than pork.
So it wouldn’t make sense for any business to substitute chicken for a more expensive meat like pork.
The Laguna Redang Island Resort is claiming that the recent RM399 offer for a 3D2N holiday at their resort is a scam!
Umance, who sold it to over 9000 people, insists it is not a scam, and is now offering a replacement deal instead.
Find out what is going on with this dispute about the RM399 holiday package between Laguna Redang Island Resort and Umance!
RM399 Laguna Redang 3D2N Holiday : A Umance Offer
Umance is an entrepreneur who made his name selling seafood online, but appears to be branching out into the hospitality business.
For Singles Day on 11/11, he offered a 3D2N holiday at the Laguna Redang Island Resort for only RM399 (~US$99), with 7 meals included!
Laguna Redang Island Resort : Umance Offer Is A Scam!
After Umance sold his RM399 holiday package to over 9000 customers, Laguna Redang Island Resort denounced him as a fraudster.
Umance has disputed this. Here is a rough timeline of what happened.
11 November @ 1:57 PM
Laguna Redang Island Resort issued a terse announcement that they do not endorse, and neither are they participating, in any third-party 11/11 event or Facebook live event.
It has come to our attention that there are companies falsely advertising for our package, we wish to clarify that Laguna Redang Island Resort do not endorse nor participate in any third party 11.11 event or Facebook live event.
11 November @ 6:31 PM
In a second announcement, Laguna Redang Island Resort did not authorise the deal, or consented to it.
Dear Valued Guest(s),
It has recently come to our attention and knowledge that there has been a deal circulating in Facebook in relation to the stays package(s) by promoting and/or selling with conditions of non-expiry permanent tickets, waiver of surcharges, under name of Laguna Redang Island Resort.
Kindly be informed that Laguna Redang Island Resort has never come to consensus in approval, authorized and/or consented to such deal or transaction.
We reserve all our rights. Any inconvenience caused is utterly regretted.
Laguna Redang Island Resort
This screenshot of a bank transfer of RM 100,000 from Ricksman MS Sdn Bhd (Umance’s company) to Laguna Redang Travel was shared online, as evidence that Umance had indeed booked those rooms.
12 November @ 11:10 PM
Laguna Redang Island Resort confirmed that they received RM 100,000 on 11 November 2020.
However, they insisted that they never agreed to the deal, and asked the bank to reject and return the sum.
They also insisted that Umance was a fraudster impersonating as an agent of Laguna Redang Island Resort, and asked those who purchased it to lodge a police report.
LAGUNA REDANG ISLAND RESORT (“LAGUNA”) would like to alert the public of fraudsters pretending to be agents of LAGUNA in order to defraud the holiday makers of their money. These fraudsters will defraud the public online or through social media and impersonate as agent of LAGUNA with “attractive packages” which are obviously NOT offered by LAGUNA.
Please note that LAGUNA has no connection with such deceptive practices, and does not, under any circumstances, offered such “attractive packages” nor request anyone to transfer funds to bank accounts that are not under LAGUNA’s name.
On the recent incident circulating in Facebook in relation to an “attractive packages” offered, LAGUNA would like to alert the public that LAGUNA has no connection with such “attractive packages” nor has offered and/or authorized and/or consented to such “attractive packages”. An unauthorized sum of RM100,000.00 was banked into
LAGUNA’s bank account on 11 November 2020 without LAGUNA’s knowledge and authorization and LAGUNA had on 12 November 2020 instructed the bank to reject the receipt of the said sum of RM100,000.00 and requested the bank to remit the said sum of RM100,000.00 into the sender’s account.
For those who have conducted transaction with the suspected fraudsters, please report the matter to the police immediately as LAGUNA has lodged a police report on 11 November 2020 to protect our interest and to prevent further fraud.
Umance Replaces Laguna Redang with Tanjung Rhu Langkawi!
At around 5:30 PM on 14 November 2020, Umance posted a video, in which he reiterated that it was not a scam.
However, due to technical issues (likely Laguna Redang refusing his booking), he will fully refund all purchases, or replace it with a 3D2N holiday in the Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi.
In a second video, he shared that the Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package will be managed by Fantastic Tour Services Shd. Bhd. with these features :
Tanjung Rhu Resort room on a twin-sharing basis
includes 1 day Langkawi road tour
includes 3 meals x 2 days
no expiry date + ability to change name or date
free luggage bag with every 2 tickets
He also offered this Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package to those who missed the earlier offer, at RM399 per person or RM798 per room.
Laguna Redang To Tanjung Rhu : Bait & Switch Scam?
While the Tanjung Rhu Resort offer seems like a great deal, sharp-eyed netizens pointed out that Fantastic Tour itself is offering a much better deal at only RM244 per person!
You would actually save RM355 (39%) per room if you purchase the Tanjung Rhu deal directly from Fantastic Tour Langkawi themselves, albeit without free meals and different freebies.
This makes the whole RM399 Laguna Redang holiday package look suspiciously like a bait-and-switch scam.
In such scams, customers are “baited” with an incredibly good offer, but later they will discover that what they purchased was no longer available.
That’s when the “switch” happens – you are persuaded to accept a cheaper replacement instead of a refund, or upgrade to a more expensive alternative.
While we cannot be 100% sure it is a bait-and-switch, it is interesting how fast Umance came up with the Tanjung Rhu replacement package.
Heck, he was actually in Langkawi today to record his Facebook Live video with his team, and both reps from Tanjung Rhu Resort and Fantastic Tour!
One thing’s for sure – Umance is a businessman, and businessmen don’t go into the business to lose money… Caveat emptor! Buyers beware!
The CMCO SOP limits restaurants to 4 people per large table, so is it possible for a family of 4 to get fined RM 1,000 per person for dining at a restaurant?
Claim : RM4K Fine For Family Of 4 At Restaurant During CMCO
This was the claim that has gone viral on WhatsApp :
A family of 4 went to celebrate Birthday dinner at a restaurant in 2 cars . Police came to check and since their ic have to same address , each of them is fined RM1000. Reason is only 2 in 1 family can go out each time during CMCO.
File picture of police at a restaurant. Not related to article.
Lazada just admitted that a data breach involving their RedMart customer database that could affect some 1.1 million customers!
Find out what happened, and what it could mean for Lazada and RedMart customers!
Lazada RedMart : What Is It?
RedMart is an online grocery platform in Singapore that was founded in August 2011.
Lazada acquired RedMart in November 2016, and started to integrate it into their platform in March 2019.
This March 2019 date is important, because that was when the RedMart database was last updated.
Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What Happened?
The Lazada RedMart database was spotted for same in an online forum, amongst many other databases stolen from other e-commerce websites.
In this screenshot, you can see that it claims to have details on 1.1 million Lazada RedMart customers :
Partial credit card information
Picture Credit : CNA
In a statement posted on 30 October 2020, Lazada confirmed the data breach involving their RedMart database.
They assert that only the old RedMart database that was “18 months out of date” when it was last updated in March 2019.
Singapore, 30 October 2020 – Lazada places great importance on protecting your personal information, and we value the trust you have placed with us. On 29 October 2020, as part of our proactive monitoring, our cybersecurity team discovered a data security incident in Singapore, involving a RedMart-only database hosted on a third-party service provider. The customer data hosted on this database is more than 18 months out of date as it was last updated in March 2019.
The customer information that was illegally accessed include the names, phone numbers, emails, addresses, encrypted passwords and partial credit card numbers of RedMart customers. We have taken immediate action to block unauthorised access to the database. This data was used on the previous RedMart app and website, which are no longer in use. Lazada customer data in Southeast Asia is not affected by this incident.
Protecting the data and privacy of our users is of utmost importance to us. Apart from reviewing and fortifying our security infrastructure, we are working very closely with the relevant authorities on this incident and remain committed to providing all necessary support to our users.
We want to be transparent about this incident with all of our customers and reassure you that we are taking it seriously.
They also set their platform to log out all Lazada users, and require them to register a new password.
They are also warning their users to be on the alert for spam mails requesting personal information.
Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What’s The Implication?
A Data Breach Is A Data Breach Is A Data Breach
Lazada may claim that the data and privacy of their users are of the utmost importance, but the data breach says otherwise.
They left a database they no longer used since March 2019 on a third-party service provider, and accessible online all this time.
Any half-decent cybersecurity specialist would have told them to take the database offline, unless it was essential to the operation of the website.
Closing The Barn Door After The Horses Have Bolted
Lazada immediately blocked unauthorised access to their RedMart database, but that’s like closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.
Once the data was stolen, all it does is prevent other attackers from stealing the data for themselves.
Lazada Migrated RedMart Users In March 2016
It seems a little disingenuous for Lazada to announce that the data was used in “the previous RedMart app and website, which are no longer in use“.
They appear to have migrated RedMart users to Lazada on 15 March 2016 using the same data that was just stolen.
Unless RedMart users changed their passwords, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or credit card details AFTER they were migrated to the Lazada platform, they remain exposed by the data breach.
The Data Isn’t Necessarily Outdated
Most of us don’t change our logins and passwords that often. And we often reuse the same login and password combination for different websites.
So it is scant assurance that their RedMart database was last updated in March 2019, even if we take their word that it was more than 18 months out of date.
This data breach exposes all affected RedMart users to the possibility of their other accounts being breached as well.
Only Ex-RedMart Users Affected
The only saving grace we can see here is that it looks like only former RedMart users are affected by this data breach.
That means Lazada users who never registered or used the RedMart app or website are not affected.
Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What Can You Do?
If you ever registered for, or used, RedMart before their migration to the Lazada platform in March 2016, we highly recommend that you :
change your Lazada password
change the password of accounts that use the same password as your Lazada / RedMart account
do NOT click on links in emails warning you about this data breach and asking you to change your password
do NOT respond to calls or messages warning you about this data breach
do NOT respond to requests for personal information
US President Donald Trump has been promising that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 almost every single day.
Find out if America is truly rounding the turn, or if Trump is simply spinning around the merry-go-round!
Donald Trump : America Is Rounding The Turn On COVID-19!
US President Donald Trump has been promising Americans that they are “rounding the turn” or “corner” or “bend” for months now.
Here is a truncated timeline of Trump claiming that America truly is rounding the turn on COVID-19 :
August 31 : First mention of “rounding the final turn” on COVID-19 at a Nevada virtual rally.
September 3 : He said, “we are rounding that turn” at a Pennsylvania rally.
September 18 – 24 : He repeated it on a daily basis.
Trump stopped for a while when he caught the virus, announcing his positive test result on October 2.
October 8 – 9 : He started saying that America was “rounding the turn” on COVID-19 again.
October 11 – 27 : After skipping a day, he has repeated the same claims on a daily basis.
The Truth : America Is FAR From Rounding The Turn On COVID-19
Despite Donald Trump’s insistence from August 31 that America is rounding the turn, the truth is America is on a third wave of COVID-19 infections – the largest to date.
Dr. Anthony Fauci prefers to look at it as “an elongated exacerbation of the original first wave“, but no matter how we look at it, “it’s not good news“.
From the day Trump first announced that America was rounding the turn, COVID-19 cases have only surged from 23,204 cases a day to 82,630 cases a day.
The only saving grace – the death rate has remained flat at around 750 per day.
The facts are self-evident, Donald Trump’s claim that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 is FALSE.
If the trend continues, it is possible that America could see new cases exceed 100,000 per day by the end of the year.
And the death toll is expected to exceed 270,000 by the end of the year.
In short, America is FAR from rounding the turn on COVID-19. Donald Trump is just taking everyone for a spin on his merry-go-round.
The Solution : How America Can FINALLY Round The Turn On COVID-19
There is no easy way to defeat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because there is no cure yet and it is highly-contagious.
However, countries like China have shown that it is possible to quickly cut its transmission, and restore normal social and economic activities.
Despite a population 4.3X larger than the United States, China has merely 1% of the cases, and 2% of the deaths in America.
Unless you believe that Chinese scientists and healthcare workers are far, FAR superior to American scientists and healthcare workers, the fault lies with President Donald Trump.
The lack of RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP is the reason why America is faltering so badly against COVID-19.
Trump has consistently dismissed and contradicted the advice of scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci. He even disrupted their efforts by actively encouraging the public not to wear face masks, and to break home quarantine.
Was Malaysia DG of Health Dr. Noor Hisham asked to report fake COVID-19 numbers to support an emergency declaration by the government?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Viral Claim : DG Health Asked To Report Fake COVID-19 Cases
The viral post that most people received was an anonymous comment tagged to a New Straits Times report :
DG is not happy with MY instruction as he was asked to report another couple of “fake” thousand number of positive cases. That idiot Adam Min of Health wanted to take over the press release and pushed for emergency.. Watch closely DG next move as he is likely to resign under pressure or pushed out of action by MY
DG appears to refer to the Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
MY appears to be code for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Adam appears to refer to Dr. Adham Baba, the Malaysia Minister of Health
Note : To avoid further abuse, we overlaid the screenshots with the FALSE label.
Other people received a link to article by The Coverage, claiming that the Dr. Noor Hisham’s briefing was cancelled because he was “rumoured” to be “not happy with instructions over fake positive cases”.
The Coverage is a notorious clickbait website that is infamous for reposting old news, or fake stories :
If someone makes an extraordinary claim, it should be backed by extraordinary evidence.
For example, if someone claims to have the ability to fly, would you just accept that as fact, or ask that person to prove it?
Where is the evidence that Dr. Noor Hisham was even asked to report “another couple of fake thousand” positive cases of COVID-19?
Where is the evidence that Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba wanted to take over the press conference and pushed for the emergency declaration?
If you are going to take an anonymous claim without evidence, I have this invisible flying car I would like to sell you.
Reason #2 : Malaysia Ministry of Health Called Them False
The Malaysia Ministry of Health addressed the claims, calling them false (with our English translation).
Terdapat beberapa bentuk mesej yang dihantar melalui whatsapp oleh pihak tidak bertanggungjawab yang membuat kenyataan palsu mengenai KPK sedang tular di media sosial. KKM ingin menegaskan bahawa kenyataan ini sama sekali tidak benar. Mohon untuk hentikan penyebaran berita palsu seperti ini. Jumlah kes yang dilaporkan pada 24 Oktober 2020 adalah 1,228 kes.
There are a few messages being sent through WhatsApp by irresponsible parties, making false statements about DG Health that are going viral on social media. The MOH would like to confirm that those statements are completely false. Please stop spreading such fake news. The total number of cases reported on 24 October 2020 is 1,228 cases.
Reason #3 : Dr. Noor Hisham Refuted The Claims
Who would know best whether the claims are true, than the man himself – Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah?
On Twitter, Dr. Noor Hisham clarified that he was unable to conduct his press conference earlier, issuing a press statement instead, and that he would resume his press conference tomorrow.
Petang ini saya tidak sempat untuk mengadakan PC harian tetapi tetap digantikan dengan PS kepada umum. InshaAllah akan bersambung PC esok
A video showing rows of empty shops in Johor Bahru has gone viral, showing how badly the economy has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was also accompanied by a warning that Singaporeans should not visit Johor Bahru because they will be targeted by desperate robbers.
Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!
Empty Shops In Johor Bahru Due To COVID-19?
In the video, the driver records himself driving past long rows of empty shops. There is no audio commentary, but it is often accompanied by claims that it was recorded in Johor Bahru or Kulai.
One message even warned that Singaporeans should not visit Johor Bahru because they will be targeted by desperate robbers there.
JB very sipeh jialat now …. most shops are advertising for sale or rental. Also, as advised by ICA Officers, even when the border is open to Singapore, Singaporeans shouldn’t rush in becoz there will many broad daylight robberies targeting Singaporeans.
Empty Shops In Johor Bahru Due To COVID-19? Bullshit!
Here are the reasons why this is yet another Internet hoax…
Reason #1 : Those Empty Shops Are In Kota Kemuning, Selangor
A close examination of the video will show that there are at least two occupied shops, and the one with the clearest signboard belonged to Optimus Business Solutions.
A quick check on Google Maps will reveal that Optimus Business Solution is located in the IP5 Business Park, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Selangor.
Reason #2 : They Are New Shops @ Sinaria Tropicana Aman
The shops at IP5 Business Park, however, look different from the shops in the video.
Thanks to clues provided by Terrence Chin, we traced the shops to a new development called Sinaria Tropicana Aman, in Kota Kemuning South, Selangor.
The Sinaria Tropicana Aman shops definitely look exactly like those in the video.
We tried to call Optimus Business Solution to find out if they moved to Sinaria Tropicana Aman, but they were uncontactable, possibly due to the CMCO / PKPB lockdown.
Reason #3 : Businesses Need To Exist First To Close Down
Sinaria is a relatively new development that completed in 2019, and here is a Google Street View taken in August 2019.
At that time, it was completely empty, with no operational business. The presence of two RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) bins for renovation / construction waste, suggests that at least some renovation was undergoing.
The video appears to be taken after this Street View shot, with many banners and at least seven operational businesses visible.
This suggests that while uptake has been slow, at least some businesses have moved into Sinaria Tropicana Aman.
We also do not see any old signboards of businesses that have shut down.
If this was an older development blighted by COVID-19, you would see old signboards under the banners.
In other words, the streets were empty not because of COVID-19 lockdowns, but because the development is relatively new during a period of commercial real estate glut.
In the stricter MCO Phase 4, both persons must be family members staying in the same house, or a driver helping to send someone seeking healthcare or medical services.
In the looser October CMCO / PKPB lockdowns, two family members living together may travel in the same car, but there is no such restriction for commercial vehicles – they can fit as many people as they are licensed for.
In all cases, there is no requirement for special seating arrangements.
Reason #2 : The Seating Arrangement Is Pointless
The “social distancing” car seating arrangement is, frankly, pointless because the rules already limit personal vehicle use to members of the same family.
If one member of the family is infected, the rest of the family is far more likely to get infected at home than they would in the car.
It is also pointless in commercial vehicles, because the same workers work together and are in close contact long after they leave their vehicles.
That’s why you are not required to wear a face mask in private vehicles. Whether you are travelling with a family member or an office mate, you are already in close contact outside of that vehicle.
Such an arrangement is also pointless in taxis and e-hailing vehicles because everyone – driver and passengers – is required to wear face masksat all times.
Reason #3 : Air Circulates Within The Car
Unless you roll down the car’s windows, its air conditioning system will recirculate air and viral particles from any infected person throughout the cabin.
So it really doesn’t matter if you sit behind the driver, or sit next to the driver or another passenger.
This is why it is so important to wear a face mask, whenever you are in any indoor public space – and this includes sitting in a car or train or plane with strangers.
Reason #4 : People Keep Recreating This Fake Story
For some reason, Malaysians keep recreating the fake story of how they were warned or fined by the police for sitting side by side in their own cars.
It created a lot of confusion because the post directly contradicts what the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) said yesterday.
Note : We added the FALSE overlay to avoid the screenshot from being misused and shared online.
The MyGCC infographic states that Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are categorised as Klang Valley, and that for the purpose of the CMCO lockdown, travel between the three states are considered as inter-district travel.
Yet yesterday, both the MKN and the Defence Minister himself, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, announced that cross-district travel is forbidden, except for work purposes – and employment passes or letters are required to get through road blocks.
The CMCO Cross-District Info Confirmed INVALID
Several netizens pointed out that the MyGCC infographic appears to be the one they issued in May 2020, for a different CMCO lockdown.
“Entering and existing these districts and inter-district travel is forbidden. Workers who need to travel cross-district must show a work pass or employment letter from their employers“.
On 14 October 2020, MyGCC finally issued this infographic debunking what MBPJ posted :
DBKL finally removed their erroneous post at the end of yesterday. But people keep circulating their post on social media, especially in WhatsApp groups.
Please share this article out so that people understand that while the infographic was indeed created by MyGCC, it was for an earlier CMCO in May 2020, and does NOT apply to the new CMCO / PKPB lockdown.
KL, Selangor, Putrajaya CMCO : What’s Allowed + Not Allowed
Dr. Chong Yit Khang Medical Officer Kuala Lumpur General Hospital
Malaysia is finally forced into entering a stormy time. As the number of Covid-19 cases increases, all we can do now is to minimize the damage. Malaysia is entering the Delay Phase from the Containment Phase.
During the Containment Phase, medical staff will try to detect a confirmed case from a sea of suspected cases and isolate the patient to prevent the virus from spreading in the local population.
Our quarantine period has failed in a way. On the one hand, it is due to policy failure. On the other hand, the virus is highly contagious. Of course, the self-awareness and quality of the people play a great influence at this stage. Compliment or derogatory, let the history decides.
The government’s Movement Restriction Order falls in the Delay Phase. The government has led the masses to prevent the virus from spreading further. At this time, it is no longer meaningful to find cases and isolate them. The virus has spread to the masses and the existing government hospitals are not capable to provide enough isolation facilities.
We are currently in the blocking period. If everyone follows the instructions to reduce outdoor activities, or the virus will spread further, an increase in cases is inevitable. The virus needs a host to survive, and we pose as a delicious dish in the eyes of the virus.
If people insist on going out during the blocking period to let the virus spreads, then we will very soon enter the Mitigation Phase.
At any stage, the high infection rate of the virus has exceeded the load and expectations of all medical institutions. When the medical institutions cannot handle a sudden surge of patients, we can only leave it in the hands of the Almighty.
As a civil servant with the government’s Ministry of Health, I am honestly telling you that we are already struggling to deal with patients on a day-to-day basis .The economy is not good, more and more patients are being admitted in the government hospitals. Private hospitals do not accept patients with Covid-19.
If there is really an outbreak, we have no ability to rescue you.
It is not that we don’t want to, it is because we can’t.
You will face with the problem of no beds in the hospital, severe shortage of ventilators and insufficient medical resources. If you don’t wake up now and don’t take responsibility of your life seriously, then at least don’t spread it to other innocent people.
There are many ways to die. Please don’t bring others along with you. That’s a mean thing to do.
I would like to ask the people of Malaysia to listen to the medical staff’s request and our mission here is to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. Let’s work together to solve this pandemic. How about let’s wait after it’s over, then only we come out to celebrate?
Dr. Chong Yit Khang
Emergency Department, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital
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COVID-19 Warning By Dr. Chong Yit Khang : The Truth
After the warning by Dr. Chong Yit Khang went viral on social media, and particularly WhatsApp, the Kuala Lumpur Hospital launched an investigation.
After questioning Dr. Chong Yit Khang, they determined that he did not write the post, and whoever wrote it falsely used his name and position to lend it authority.
He subsequently made a police report about the viral message that was falsely attributed to him.
On 17 August 2020, the Director of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Datuk Dr. Heric Corray issued this statement (with our English translation below) :
MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING VIRAL ISSUE IN THE WHATSAPP APP REGARDING “PLEASE COPY AND SHARE REGARDING COVID-19“
The Kuala Lumpur Hospital would like to refer to a viral news spreading through the WhatsApp application regarding the charges by a Medical Officer called Dr. Chong Yit Khang who issued a statement on the policy and operating issues of the Malaysia Ministry of Health in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
For your information, the Kuala Lumpur Hospital would like to strongly deny the statement. The Medical Officer was identified and asked to give his feedback on this issue that went viral since March. The investigation found that his name and position was used without his knowledge and the issues in the viral message were false and not written by him. In addition, the Medical Officer made a police report about the message that associated him with the viral issue.
With regards to that, the Kuala Lumpur Hospital would like to request that the public be vigilant and do not spread unverified news or information that can cause panic and anxiety. For accurate and factual information about COVID-19 in Malaysia, please refer to the official source of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.my).
On 6 October 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued another statement about this post when it went viral for the second time.
They added the FAKE and PALSU overlays in red to make sure everyone understood that it’s fake.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
ESXi has many layers of isolation within its virtualised infrastructure, but all of that is implemented in software. They still require a level of trust in the hardware, which is where AMD SEV-ES comes in.
A guest operating system that supports SEV can ask the AMD Secure Processor to issue it an encryption key, for full in-memory, in-hardware encryption.
SEV-ES extends that protection to CPU registers, so that the data inside the CPU itself is encrypted. This protects the data from being read or modified when the virtual machine stops running.
Even a compromised hypervisor that accesses the register data cannot make use of it, because it is now encrypted.
Needless to say, adding support for AMD SEV-ES in vSphere 7 will spur the uptake of AMD EPYC processors in the datacenter.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers have been attacking the healthcare system already buckling under pressure.
Take a look at the first part of a newly-released documentary on how hackers are attacking the healthcare system, and what it means for us and the world!
How Hackers Attack Healthcare During COVID-19 Pandemic!
Cybercriminals and state-sponsored hackers do not care that almost a million people have died from COVID-19. In fact, they see the pandemic as an opportunity.
Over the last few months, the creators of this documentary spoke to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, health organisations and research centres across the world, to understand how they are coping with increased cyberattacks and malware.
This particular feature was directed by Didi Mae Hand, and produced by Max Peltz.
Hackers Increased Attacks On Healthcare During COVID-19 Pandemic
The documentary reveals a shocking surge in cyberattacks on healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO), for example, reported a 5X increase in cyberattacks on its systems since March 2020.
State-sponsored hackers are mainly looking for biodata, including research on COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, cybercriminals are capitalising on the fact that hospitals may be more willing than usual to pay a ransom.
For example, the Brno University Hospital, which was responsible for running a big share of COVID-19 testing in the Czech Republic, was held to ransom and forced to shut down its IT network at a critical time.
Fortunately, the surge in cyberattacks was met with an incredible response by the cybersecurity community. Some 3000 cybersecurity volunteers created the CV19 group to provide hospitals and healthcare institutions with free support to protect their systems.
The Computer Browser service relies on the SMB 1.0 protocol to discover network devices and display them in the Windows Network Neighbourhood.
Disabling SMB 1.0 breaks the Computer Browser service, so it is automatically uninstalled and your NAS drives “disappear” from Network Neighbourhood.
Disabling guest access prevents guest or public access to your NAS drives, even to folders you specifically set to allow for public access. Hence, the Public folder they had access to earlier “disappears”.
Why Did Microsoft Disable Those Network Features?
The SMB1 network protocol was first implemented in Windows back in 1992, so it’s old… very old.
It’s so old that it lacks encryption. Everything transmitted via SMB1 can be captured and read, and even modified, by any attacker who gains access to the network.
Guest logins even on SMB2 do not support standard security features like signing and encryption. This makes them vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
That’s why Microsoft (finally) disabled them both, starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1709.
WD NAS Can’t Be Seen In Windows : Before We Start…
Preliminary Step #1 : Update Your NAS
Before you do anything, you should log into your WD NAS management system and update its firmware, in case it’s not already set to automatically update.
Updating its firmware will ensure that your NAS supports at least SMB 2, if not SMB 3 as well.
My Cloud EX2100
My Cloud DL2100
My Cloud EX4100
My Cloud DL4100
Preliminary Step #2 : Use A Higher SMB Protocol
Then, enable the highest SMB protocol your WD NAS supports (Settings > Network). Set it to SMB 3 if possible.
This will ensure that both your WD NAS and your network support the most secure network protocol possible, for your security.
WD NAS Can’t Be Seen In Windows : The Solutions!
Best Solution : Map Your WD NAS By Device Name
The best way is to manually map your WD NAS by its device name. This lets you use the more secure SMB2 or SMB3 network protocols, with direct access to your files as usual.
Determine your WD NAS network path, which is based on the device name.If you changed your WD NAS device name to TechARPCloud (for example), the network name will be \\TechARPCloudHere is a list of default network paths for different WD NAS :
Default Network Path
My Cloud Home
\\MYCLOUD-last 6 digits of serial number
Example : \\MYCLOUD-123456
My Cloud Home Duo
My Cloud Mirror
My Cloud Mirror Gen 2
My Cloud EX2
My Cloud EX2 Ultra
My Cloud EX4
My Cloud EX2100
My Cloud EX4100
My Cloud DL2100
My Cloud DL4100
My Cloud PR2100
My Cloud PR4100
Open Windows File Explorer and click on Network on the left pane.
Key in the network path of the WD NAS, which is based on its device name. Make sure you include \\ before the network path.
You will be asked to key in a user name and password.
This can be the administrator’s login, or the login of any registered user of your WD NAS.
Remember – Windows 10 no longer allows guest logins or public access. So you will need to create a password-protected account even for guests to use.
Once you successfully authenticate your user name and password, the network shares of your WD NAS will become visible in File Explorer under Network!You can stop here, but you will need to keep keying in the network path and login to access your NAS every time you boot into Windows.
For more convenience, you can create a password-protected Private Share.Start by right-clicking on a network share from your WD NAS and select Map network drive…
Select a drive letter for the network share.
Check Reconnect at sign-in if you don’t want to automatically log into the drive.
Then click Finish to map the drive.
That’s it! If you expand This PC in Windows File Explorer, you should now see that the WD NAS network drive has now been mapped by its device name!
Alternate Solution : Enable Network Discovery Without SMB1
This Windows 10 workaround can be used if your WD NAS supports SMB2 or SMB3 and you prefer not to map the network drives.
Go to Windows Services.
Start these two services :
– Function Discovery Provider Host
– Function Discovery Resource Publication
Set the Startup type for both those services to Automatic (Delayed Start).
Open Windows File Explorer and go to Network.
When prompted, enable Network Discovery.
Your WD NAS shares should now be visible in Windows File Explorer.
Worst Case Solution : Enable Network Discovery Without SMB1
This should only be attempted if your WD NAS simply cannot support SMB2 or SMB3, and can only use SMB1.
Go to Control Panel > Programs.
Click on Turn Windows features on or off.
Expand the SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support option.
Check the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client option.
Click the OK button.
Restart Windows 10
After Windows 10 restarts, your WD NAS shares should now be visible in Windows File Explorer.