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Malaysian Government Sites Hacked, Is Anonymous To Blame?

Hackers have targeted dozens of government websites in Malaysia. This revelation came from Malaysia’s Internet and telecommunications regulatory agency, “Communications and Multimedia Commission” (MCMC).

The MCMC revealed that at least 51 websites with the .gov domain were breached during the attack, 41 of which suffered from considerable disruption thereafter.

Coincidentally, the attack follows a severe criticism of the Malaysian government by the hacktivist group Anonymous over internet-censorship.

The agency, however, did not provide any additional information regarding the nature of the attack, or the perpetrators behind it.

But, it said that some of the affected websites were making quick recovery, which has made security analysts believe that at least those “quickly healing” websites were the victims of mere DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.

Apparently, the agency, which noticed the attacks slowing down from 4 a.m in the Thursday morning, claimed that the attacks hardly affected Malaysian users, and also that most of the attacked websites had already recovered.

"We do not expect the overall recovery to these websites to take long. The public is advised to report any information they may have regarding the identity of these hackers as the act to disrupt network services is a serious offence," the MCMC stated, PC World reports (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.