Thursday, June 16, 2011

Attack on govt website will be prevented, says Rais (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: The country's cyber security authorities are working towards preventing a planned attack on Malaysian government website, said Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

However, he declined to elaborate on the preventive actions, saying that they were confidential.
A hacker group, calling itself Anonymous has threatened to launch the attack on the government's official website at about 3.30am Thursday.

The group said in a Youtube posting that it was acting against the various forms of censorship by the Malaysian government and the recent move to block 10 file-sharing websites.

Dr Rais added that the hacker group had misunderstood the government's intention in blocking the 10 filesharing websites.

“We do not have censorship, except when crimes are committed through cyberspace,” he said, adding that the ministry was taking the threats very seriously.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police was aware of the hack threat and was working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)to investigate the issue.

He added that there was a rise in cyber crimes including the misuse of the Internet for criminal activities.

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