Hackers hit Malaysian government

Malaysia has been hit by a wave of attacks after the “Anonymous” hacker group accused the government of Internet censorship.

More than 50 government websites were hit and 41 of them were closed, AFP said.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement the attacks on websites with the .gov.my domain started shortly before midnight Wednesday and lasted several hours.

Little damage was caused and these were denial of service attacks. Apparently most of the websites have already recovered.

Anonymous warned on a website that it would target the government portal www.Malaysia.gov.my on Wednesday. It was still down this morning.

It is the second attack that Anonymous has made on a Government website over this same subject. Anonymous sabotaged Turkish sites last week to protest against Internet censorship.

In this case the attack followed an order by the MCMC to Internet service providers should block 10 file and video-sharing websites that it said violate copyright laws.

Anonymous released a video saying that Malaysia’s censorship was an erosion of human rights.

It is interesting that it has just woken up to this problem. Malaysia’s media operate under strict censorship laws. Until now websites have remained relatively free, due to an official pledge not to censor the Internet in a bit to get foreign cash into the country.