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Hackers deface M'sian sites
Published on: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

PETALING JAYA: At least 33 local websites have been hacked and defaced by Indonesian hacker group KidsZonk, who are ostensibly unhappy by the flag blunder in the official souvenir booklet of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017.

Clicking on the sites redirects users to a splash page which features the booklet that carried the Indonesian flag upside down, along with a message "Bendera Negaraku Bukanlah Mainan" (My national flag is not for playing).

Indonesia's patriotic song "Indonesia Pusaka" will also play in the background, with users having no option but to exit the website.

However, no official government pages or websites belonging to large corporations were affected, with the hacked sites primarily private and business blogs.

CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) chief executive officer Datuk Amirudin Abdul Wahab, in a statement, confirmed the attacks, claiming that 33 sites have been defaced as of 3.40pm today.

"CSM has been receiving several reports of incidents targeting Malaysian websites, confidential information leaks and possible distributed denial of services (DDOS) attacks.

"The incident is real and we are conducting an investigation, monitoring and working closely with other agencies to mitigate this incident," he said.

CSM, through the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT), has also released an advisory for system administrator to take the necessary measures to secure their systems, which can be found on its website.

Following the flag blunder, which was first raised by Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Saturday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had publicly apologised for the incident.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, in a statement, had also said Malaysia regretted the error made by the Malaysian Organising Committee (Masoc).

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