According the scheduled release by hacktivist group Anonymous, the attack on Malaysian government websites were to take place around 3:00a.m. this morning. Here is a recap of what when on.
A IRC channel was opened for OpMalaysia on Anonymous official IRC servers. Some dusted off their IRC client an went on the channels to join the party. For the brief period that I was there, it looked like a reunion party of old local Internet geeks and hackers. The channels turned into #mamak or #kampung back on the old IRC days. There were some that went ‘trolling’ on other IRC channels on irc.anonops.li.
Now back to OpMalaysia, seems that several websites did either went down or conveniently went into ‘maintenance mode’. There were some report that says sysadmins pull the plug on the website temporary before the Anonymous onslaught.
www.tourmalaysia.com.my was one of the early casualty, but it was done by a local group. CIDB.gov.my was also one of the early casualty with the website defaced with anonymous message displayed at the bottom. Sabah Tourism got their user information leak. All this was pre-OpMalaysia.
Several government owned websites did went down for a brief period during #OpMalaysaia. We are not sure they were down due to DDoS attack launched by Anonymous, or that they pulled the plug on their servers temporary or that they just have crappy server infrastructures that can’t handle massive traffic of Malaysian refreshing the sites to see if it’s down.
Nevertheless here are the list of websites that supposedly went down due to DDoS: -
And of course the main target:- http://www.malaysia.gov.my/
http://www.krustudios.com/ (still in maintenance mode)
Most of the websites on the list are back online now. It looks like nothing had just happened. All except for www.malaysia.gov.my, as at the moment of this writing, I can’t access the website. If you have any other information to add drop a comment on our comment box.
Meanwhile Anonymous have a message to all Internet users in Malaysia which is, Change your DNS settings and a tutorial page by Anonymous. W//W also have a tutorial page up in Bahasa Malayu with english version on the way.
We request that you share this information with others. Help change the settings on your friends and families computer if they are not tech savvy enough.
Censorship sucks, we would want the option to choose for ourself of which website to go and which website not to go.
[UPDATE 1] – MCMC said that 51 government websites were attacked. Funny how most of them seems to when on ‘maintenance mode’ – http://www.mampu.gov.my/ (still in ‘maintenance mode’ at the time of this writing 10:58a.m 16th Jun 2011.
[UPDATE 2] – Hack In The Box a local Internet security website had posted a press released from MCMC/SKMM regarding #OpMalaysia, here is a snippet: -
Our monitoring of the situation showed that there was a reduced level of attacks by 4.00am this morning and upon further evaluation, so far we gauge that there has been little impact on Malaysian users as a result of this attack.
MCMC’s Network Security Center has been making concerted efforts to mitigate the attacks around the clock and will continue to work with other enforcement agencies and security experts as well service providers to monitor the situation.
P/S:- Here is a snapshot of a IRC transcript of locals trolling on other channel. You can see that some of the other english speaking folks were caught by surprise when a bunch of Malaysian take over and starts speaking Malay. Yes Malaysian do know how to troll.