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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs        15  June 2011

Malaysia thwarts hacking attempt

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Malaysia stepped up monitoring of government web sites on Wednesday to stop a threatened hacking attack by Internet vigilante group Anonymous over government acts of censorship, the police chief said.

The hacker group said it would target the Malaysian government's online portal http:www.malaysia.gov.my from Wednesday 1930 GMT to teach the country a lesson for censoring whistle-blower site WikiLeaks in an attack code-named "Operation Malaysia"

The Southeast Asian country could be the latest in a cyber-war waged by the activists, who gained prominence when they temporarily crippled the Web sites of MasterCard and Paypal that cut off financial services to WikiLeaks.

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

"We have received word of this threat. There are many agencies involved in this and we will get to the bottom of this," Malaysian police chief Ismail Omar said.

"Investigation needs to be done and we need to protect our systems at the same time."

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

 


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