Dozens of Malaysian government websites fell victim to a series of cyberattacks last night, making it the latest target of a cyber-war waged by Internet hacktivist group, Anonymous. Government officials assure that no personal or financial data was compromised, reports Reuters.
Despite preparations made by the Malaysian government after being threatened by Anonymous, the attacks still compromised 51 websites, with at least 41 completely inaccessible for hours according a report from the industry regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
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The attacks to the Malaysian government’s official portal serves as punishment from Internet vigilante group Anonymous for denial of basic human right, after the country censored WikiLeaks, and several file-sharing sites.
The sites that were compromised were not revealed; however, Malaysian police chief Ismail Omar made it clear that no personal or financial data had so far been stolen. The authorities are currently trying to determine the extent of the attacks.
Malaysia, which faces political challenges for tightly controlling mainstream media, could be the latest in a cyber-war waged by the activists, who has also targeted websites in Syria, Tunisia, Egypt and India.