Government portal down, 27 others defaced

By Shannon Teoh
June 16, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Operation Malaysia launched by the international hacker group known as Anonymous has succeeded in not just bringing down the official website of the Malaysian government, but also spawned attacks on at least 27 other websites.

These include at least five other government sites such as the webpages of the information ministry, the fire and emergency services department and the land public transport commission.

As of 8.30am, remained inaccessible, while other hackers appear to have taken it upon themselves to target sites like Sabah’s tourism website ( and the Tour Malaysia travel guide (

On the Sabah Tourism webpage, hackers claimed to have extracted the details of more than 3,400 of the site’s users and posted the particulars of 392 accounts.

However, Sabah Tourism has regained control of the site but has since taken it offline.

Tour Malaysia remains defaced by a group called Dragon Force. Visitors to the site were greeted by a heavy metal song title “Through The Fire And The Flames” and messages criticising the government’s move to block certain websites.

Anonymous had warned earlier this week of an attack on the official website of the Malaysian government in an act of protest against Internet censorship.

According to a statement posted on the Pastebin website, the group named the recent move to block file sharing sites like Pirate Bay and whistleblowers WikiLeaks as “inexcusable” acts of censorship which took away “basic human rights.”

“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,” the group said.

The so-called “hacktivists” earlier announced that the attack targeting — known as “Operation Malaysia” — would take place today at 3.30am local time.

Anonymous has taken credit for other attacks such as in December 2010 in response to pressure against WikiLeaks to stop the controversial website from publishing classified United States diplomatic cables.

In retaliation, it brought down MasterCard and Visa’s websites and staged attacks on other online commerce sites perceived to be anti-WikiLeaks such as Amazon and PayPal.

The planned attack comes despite this week’s arrest of 32 suspects in Turkey after the group also cited censorship for attacks on government sites there.

  1. #1 by wanderer on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:20 am

    Oh, what a beautiful morning!
    Malaysians, you could have dance all night….
    UMNO clods, remember, “for every action there will be a reaction”

  2. #2 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:25 am

    Our Minister of Information ….Rais Yatim was full of sheeet claming down on Internet informations and now running scared saying Anonymous hacker misunderstood the Govt. intentions.
    Arrogance of power turned to fear of loosing power so said Anwar…applying on Govt. computer power shut off…..hahahahahahaha
    Rias knows only how to bully Malaysians with his stupid low class acting.
    Try that with International guys… and have a good laugh.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:30 am

    Oh..what a beautiful morning.
    What a beautiful day.
    I got a beautiful feeling…. Rias Hitam is scared of Anonymous hacker…showing to him a way out of 13th GE.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:30 am

    Oh what a beautiful morning
    Oh what a beautiful day
    I’ve got a funny good feeling
    BN gomen is going away.

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:34 am

    The real truth is thousands of policemen cannot get bribes from DVD pirators as blue films and movies are shut off.
    For more that 40 years Govt have been fighting pirators of music……blue films..with no success.
    Suddenly so successful!!
    Because pirators of DVD blue fims are closing shops and mata 2 side income affected!!

  6. #6 by best4rakyat on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:35 am

    A heavy lesson cud be to learn bcos of arrogancy.
    Not even China or else just too much with online censorship!
    Are we (Government) ready to face billions loss incase and may be someone who always speak with pride has to go…!!!

  7. #7 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 June 2011 - 10:42 am

    So close all Internet blue and movies to help police taking bribes.
    Good action with evil objectives.
    This is how God does work in a mysterous way.
    This Rais thinks he has good news for Najib on how he can get corrupted policemen to keep on voting for UMNO B…backfired!!
    Now no more bribes from DVD pirators…votes are swinging like a pendulum…not sure..yes or no.
    This Rias Yatim gives Najib more headaches.

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