“Anonymous” Hackers attack Malaysian government websites (16 Jun 2011)

Hackers attack Malaysian government websites Posted: 16 June 2011 1248 hrs KUALA LUMPUR: Hackers have attacked Malaysian government websites, authorities said Thursday, following a threat by the “Anonymous” activist group which accused Malaysia of censoring the Internet. Fifty-one government websites were targeted, causing disruptions to at least 41 of them, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement. It said the attacks on websites with the .gov.my domain started shortly before midnight Wednesday and lasted several hours, but appeared to have caused little damage. “The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission confirms that there were indeed attempts to hack several websites,” it said. “However, we do not expect the overall recovery to these websites to take long as most websites have already recovered from the attack,” it added. The commission said it would work with enforcement agencies, security experts and service providers to keep the situation in check. Malaysian authorities had Wednesday braced themselves for cyber attacks after Internet activists Anonymous warned on a website that they would target the government portal www.Malaysia.gov.my. The website was still down on Thursday. MCMC did not specify which websites were hacked, only saying its own site was targeted but that the hacking attempt was unsuccessful. Anonymous sabotaged Turkish sites last week to protest against Internet censorship. Its Malaysia attack