Malaysia’s cybersecurity systems and government websites are safe from hackers for now, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters today.
He was speaking to the press a day after a group calling themselves “Anonymous Malaysia” hackers claimed they had defaced five government websites, including two belonging to Sabah and Perak states. Despite the group’s claims that those pages had been compromised, Ismail said today that government websites were not at risk.
“So far, there have been no incidents of hacking within the government websites,” he told the press today. “And I hope it stays that way,” the 61-year-old added.
The minister was speaking to the press during a roadblock inspection at Jalan Sentul Pasar in Kuala Lumpur, where he was asked to comment on the threat of hackers on Malaysia’s cybersecurity systems.
Anonymous Malaysia, which has 600,000 followers on Facebook, posted what appeared to be screengrabs of the website showing a graphic of a skull with the label “cyberpunk.” The other sites they targeted belonged to the custom authorities, the Selayang district in Selangor, and the Construction Industry Development Board.
Checks by Coconuts this morning found that the websites looked normal, although pages of the Sabah state government and the board indicated that they were not secure.
The National Security Council said last week that it had notified all government agencies to be ready for any potential cyber attacks following the group’s first warning.
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