Dozens of Malaysians woke as much as photographs of Rick Astley at this time on account of a glitch on the COVID-19 contact tracing app, MySejahtera.
The federal government company operating the app stated at this time that they’ve traced the problem to malicious scripts on the platform and have been working to enhance its cybersecurity measures. Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Fahmi Fadzil was amongst those that acquired both texts or emails containing a photograph of the English singer-songwriter, taken off his By no means Gonna Give You Up music video.
The accompanying message stated: “Expensive Person, Thanks for reaching out to MySejahtera Helpdesk. We have now acquired your e-mail and ensure your particulars as under. RickRollr.”
Not all unsolicited messages and emails got here with a photograph. Others contained numerical one-time passwords, or OTPs, asking customers to make the most of the “check-in” function earlier than it expires.
“The MySejahtera staff has investigated and located that the check-in QR registration function meant for enterprise premises was misused by some malicious scripts to ship OTP to random telephone numbers,” MySejahtera’s assertion stated at this time with out addressing the troll emails that some have acquired. Malicious scripts are sometimes added by hackers to a compromised web site.
One of many emails stated: “You’ve examined constructive for covid nahhh, joking. Loads of exploits to point out twitter search ‘otp.’”
MySejahtera is Malaysia’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app that permits customers to verify COVID-19 statistics, report their whereabouts, and present proof of their vaccination.