Thursday, June 16, 2011

My goodness, 41 sites hacked!

Unbelievable, 41 sites hacked and the UMNO government is still looking helpless and clueless as how to respond to the crisis except damage control which is futile should another attack takes place. Following the activities of hackers, I believe this is the largest number of portals hacked in any one country and from the looks of it, Malaysia seen not to have a defence mechanism in place to counter such act. Rais Yatim in a press statement the previous day, informed that all measures have been taken to counter the impending cyber attack. Well apparently their "firewalls" failed, and failed miserably. The UMNO government must now learn that this is the new world they are dealing with where there is no religion nor race, except cyber space. Strangely, if they could ban legitimate file sharing sites [because of copyright issues], why haven't they block porn sites as well? They cannot say they did because one MACC officer was caught watching porn while on duty. No wonder everything about this country is sex, sex, sex and more sex!

Report from Reuters:

At least 41 government websites were hacked into overnight but no personal or financial data were compromised, officials said today, as the South-East Asian nation becomes the latest target of a cyber-war waged by the activists.

hacked parliamentIn the attacks, 51 websites were hit and at least 41 of these sites were disrupted, industry regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said.

The attacks, which began shortly before midnight yesterday, follow a warning by Internet vigilante group Anonymous, which said it would attack the government's official portal to punish it for censoring WikiLeaks, the website that aims to expose governments and corporations by leaking secret documents.

"Our monitoring of the situation showed that there was a reduced level of attacks by 4am this morning and upon further evaluation, so far, we gauge that there has been little impact on Malaysian users as a result," the communications commission said in a statement.

NONEIt did not name the sites which were attacked but targets included the government's online, and the webpages of the fire and emergency services department www.bomba. and the land public transport

Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar (left) toldReuters no personal or financial data had so far been stolen but the authorities were trying to determine the extent of the attacks.

It was not immediately clear if the attacks were launched by Anonymous or other hackers.

Anonymous is a grouping of global activists lobbying for Internet freedom who frequently try to shut down the websites of businesses and other organisations that they oppose.

'Blocking amounts to denial of human rights'

The activists gained prominence when they temporarily crippled the websites of MasterCard and Paypal that cut off financial services to WikiLeaks.

A spate of cyber attacks on multinational firms and institutions, from the US Central Intelligence Agency to Citigroup to the International Monetary Fund, has raised concerns that governments and the private sector may struggle to defend themselves against hackers.

In an earlier Internet posting, Anonymous said Malaysia's censorship of films and television shows and its blocking of file-sharing websites amounted to a denial of human rights.

The communication commission last week banned 10 file-sharing sites and ordered Internet service providers such as Telekom Malaysia and Maxis to block access.

The restrictions have outraged ordinary Malaysians, and several people took to Twitter today to express support for the cyber attacks.

"Now to count how many sites have gotten whacked so far," said a tweet posted by Rhyden. "I knew the government's IT defence team was pathetic."

The country has a vibrant Internet culture that has gained a mass following in an environment where the mainstream media is tightly controlled. The government has in the past charged bloggers with sedition, often detaining suspects for long periods without trial.

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