First casualty – www.tourmalaysia.com.my and it seems that ‘Dragon Force‘ a local hacking outfit drew first blood. Though we’re not sure whether this is an independent move or is it part of Operation Malaysia. Sadly though this first casualty is collateral in nature as the website is privately owned and has nothing to do with the tourism ministry or their 1.8 million budget. “DO NOT BLOCKED US FROM FREEDOM OF USING INTERNET” DragonForce is clearly unhappy with MCMC.
The website is owned by Virgo Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd a company based in Desa Pandan Kuala Lumpur. Since it is still under siege and the defacing stays on for quite a while, we suspect this is one of those company websites that don’t really emphasise on Internet security and probably subcontracted the design to some freelancing web designer. We even wonder whether they even have a system administrator.
But hey at least, according to Dragon Force’s blog they managed to hack one of the pages in politeknik.gov.my a government owned website that deals with polytechnic schools. So at least this one hits the mark. But generally the website is still running and most parts of the site remains intact so damage was pretty much minimal apart from that one page defacement. Not much in terms of impact. In fact if your browse around the main page it would take some extra effort to find the defaced page.
It seems like the war has started and the first blood comes from a local guerrilla outfit, albeit a civilian casualty. W//W advices website owners especially those with com.my or .my in taking some precautionary measures (we’re taking them too) because in a war, bullets knows no friend nor foe, it just hits you.