Does it mean war when hackers attack our national website?

Posted on June 14, 2011

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First of all, I don’t even know if the term “national website” exists, but for the purpose of convenience (mainly mine) let’s just assume that the website http://www.malaysia.gov.my is our national website.

So, when I read about this group of hackers from who-knows-where announcing it will launch an attack on our national website, I was a bit intrigued and more than a bit worried.

According to an article in The Star (below) the group of hackers actually ANNOUNCED to us that they’re going to attack.

It’s just like those war movie scenes set in olden times when one side gives the chance to the other side to surrender before attacking.

Except in this case, the hackers concerned didn’t provide the surrender option. It’s just a clear cut “we’re coming to get you and that’s that!”

Well, that’s what The Star said, anyway.

However, the announcement before the attack shows us one thing…that these hackers are supremely confident in their own abilities to do the crime and escape the time (in jail).

Personally, I’ve never visited our national website, so I don’t know what kind of impact an attack on it by hackers would have on my life, but that’s not the point.

The point is, we need to acknowledge that there are people out there with the means and motivation to attack us through this new technology.

Imagine, if they could strike websites that offer us massive amounts of convenience, such as for online banking and our e-mail networks or worse…facebook and twitter!

Think of how our lives would be screwed up then!

I don’t mean too monger fear (much) but just wanted to share my anxiety about faceless groups of people out there who are staking their claim to power in our online world.

But since the online world is where we spend too much time on nowadays, the effects of hackers will no doubt screw our lives in one way or another.

Hopefully, our national cybertroopers will focus their attention on this immediate threat and leave their normal political duties for just a few days.

I’m not sure what our response would be to such an attack but I hope our focus on IT all these years would pay off and enable our government and our private sector to fend off any and all online invaders, for the benefit of our beloved Rakyat.

Anyway, we’ll just wait and see if the threat is  real or if I’m just making a big deal out of a molehill.

 

 

How The Star reported the declaration of war-ish:

Hacker group to attack Malaysian government portal

Published: Tuesday June 14, 2011

PETALING JAYA: A hacker group has threatened to attack the http://www.malaysia.gov.my website.

The group, which calls itself Anonymous, said it will launch the attack at 7.30pm GMT on Wednesday (3.30am Thursday Malaysian time) and has named it “Operation Malaysia.”

It posted the threat in a graphic on this website, http://i.imgur.com/PTFWh.png.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the F-Secure Corporation – a computer security software company based in Helsinki, Finland – tweeted about the threat at 4.42am Malaysian time.

No other details were available at this time.

It is also not known why Anonymous has targeted the Malaysian website.

Hacker group Anonymous threatens to attack Malaysian Government website.

But there has been an uptick in “hacktivism” these past weeks, where hacker groups have targeted various organisations for political purposes.

Hackers have attacked the International Monetary Fund and Sony PlayStation Network, as well as the networks of aeronautics company Lockheed Martin Corp and Citibank in North America, amongst others.

Anonymous was blamed for the hack into the PlayStation network but a spokesman for the group has denied involvement, saying that its aims are political.

Spain, however, has arrested three suspected members of the hacker group for that attack.

Anonymous apparently comprises a vast number of hackers in various countries, who have been organised into cells that share common goals.

They operate anonymously but in a co-ordinated fashion.

More details to follow.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/14/nation/20110614081623&sec=nation

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