Cyber-attack alert in Malaysia

The government in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia is bracing itself against likely cyber-attacks that are expected a couple of days prior to National Day on 29 August.

Following a video threat by Anonymous Malaysia, the government's Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) issued instructions to different ministries, government departments and agencies to strengthen their website security. The IT departments of these entities are being advised to monitor activities between now and 30 August for possible attacks.

Several IT companies have been placed on standby to monitor their websites and servers in the event of an attack.

An Anonymous Malaysia video threat said the group would go on an “all-out internet warfare” on several websites including the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that they “strategically selected”.