The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has revealed that 51 .gov.my websites were attacked and 41 of those have been disrupted at various levels.
The MCMC’s own website also came under attack but is still functioning.
The New Straits Times website is currently down.
These attacks began at about 11.30pm last night and lasted until about 4.00am. They came at a time when Kuala Lumpur was hosting the ‘World Bloggers and Social Media Summit 2011’ at the PWTC (me not invited!).
The Anonymous group of hackers had said Malaysia’s Internet censorship such as blocking of file-sharing websites was a denial of human rights. Last week, MCMC had banned 10 file-sharing sites.
The disruptions of the government websites reveal shocking weaknesses in ther IT security or defences. On the minus side, it will mean that more taxpayers money will probably now be channelled to beef up security.