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Malaysia's rapid 5G adoption highlights cyber vulnerabilities

Hacks, data leaks at businesses, government agencies raise alarm

Malaysia is rolling out 5G networks but the Southeast Asian country is seen as vulnerable to cyber threats. (Source photos by Hakimie Amrie)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Cybersecurity experts warn the rapid pace of Malaysia's 5G telecommunications rollout poses a threat to users and businesses in the country, with data breaches and ransomware attacks potentially increasing as the new technology takes hold and the country's systemic defenses remain weak.

5G, or the fifth generation of network infrastructure, allows for far faster mobile downloads. But as with many such improvements, opportunities to take advantage of technological advances for nefarious purposes are also on the rise.

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