Hacker group Anonymous, which had warned earlier this week of an attack on the official website of the Malaysian government, carried out its threat in the wee hours of Thursday morning by attacking a total of 51 .gov.my websites and managed to cause disruptions to at least 41 of the websites. (UPDATE: A total of 200 websites were attacked and 60% of the sites belonged to the government).
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), an industry regulator, confirmed the hack attacks started at approximately 11.30pm Wednesday (including on its own site) and subsided by 4am Thursday. It was reported by The Star that government websites like Sabah Tourism, CIDB, and Polytechnic Department were hacked.
According to MCMC, the attacks have “little impact on Malaysian users”, likely because of (i) the Government has prepared for the worst, (ii) the attacks were on informational websites (not transactional) and thus, minimal sensitive data being compromised, and/or (iii) not the intention of Anonymous to cause digital mayhem.
Anonymous posted proof of the success of its hack attacks. The group posted some passwords extracted from the website of the Prime Minister Department, www.jpm.gov.my (see below):
Other hacker groups were also involved in the hack attacks. Below is a defaced TourMalaysia website, belongs to Virgo Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd, which was defaced by a group called DarkJava:
On June 12 2011, Anonymous had posted its threat on Pastebin. The “hacktivist” group announced its intention to hack into the government’s official website, www.malaysia.gov.my, codenamed “Operation Malaysia”, in retaliation to “the censorship taken by the Malaysian government” (following the recent blocking of 10 file-sharing sites in Malaysia).
The justification for #OpMalaysia:
We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks. Malaysia is one of the world’s strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows. These acts of censorship are inexcusable. You are taking away a basic human right. The internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference. Do not think that no one else notices. Your structured government has done the talking, and we hear loud and clear. Let this be an announcement to all your people. This is a sign, a warning, and an opportunity to listen to ideas above your own. In a way you are being stubborn. But how will this help anyone or your country. We fear that if you make further decisions to take away human freedom. We are obligated to act fast and have no mercy. For rules were meant to be broken. And corruption was meant to be washed away and forgiven. Now we will wash your corruption away so be prepared. Take this as a favor.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.