Aliran’s website has been hacked again.
This time the hacker obliterated the website and left a message using swear words on the site administrator.
Cartoonist Zunar alerted Aliran to the hacking this afternoon.
The website was hacked a couple of days after Aliran posted an article on “Race and Islam” by its member, Farish Noor.
In his piece, Farish criticised those who used Islam to manipulate racial sentiments against the appointment of a Chinese Malaysian as acting general manager of Selangor state-owned PKNS.
Soon after the the article appeared on the website, a reader posted a strong comment, personally attacking Farish and his academic credentials, along with a dare to the webmaster to publish it. The comment was approved by the Aliran webmaster yesterday after crude language was edited out.
Some time today, the website was hacked. Farish’s article and the hacking could be unrelated as the hacker claims that we should be thankful he or she is a “whitehat”, which is computer slang for a good guy “ethical hacker who focuses on securing and protecting IT systems”, according to Wikipedia.
Doesn’t sound very ethical to me, though!