Internet warfare declared, attack threatened by Anonymous Malaysia

An eight-minute video posted by Anonymous Malaysia on 4 August on its official Facebook page has now been removed. It had threatened the Malaysian government and called on its Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign, as well as declaring “all-out Internet warfare” towards the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission (MACC), police and 150 web portals that it said it had “strategically” selected.

Using a synthesised voice, a figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said:  “Today we are confronting you, Datuk Seri Haji Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak to declare a duel and challenge,”

The group warned that a cyber-attack would be carried out during the Bersih 4.0 demonstrations on 29 August  to 30 August  from 6pm to 5pm . Bersih (Clean) is a  Coalition of non-governmental organisations campaigning for clean and fair elections and reform of Malaysia's current electoral system.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah condemned the hacker group and rejected any association with Anonymous Malaysia, calling on police to investigate the hacker group's warning.

The Anonymous video speaker added: “We are also calling for International Anonymous to join us, as to give a hand to all Malaysians to show our internet warfare.”

The Prime Minister was accused of putting the country in a downward spiral and was blamed for the poor economy, increased corruption, as well as failure to respond to, or being complicit in other issues in recent months.

In response to the threats Malaysia's Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Madius Tangau is reported by AsiaOne as saying that security specialists CyberSecurity Malaysia and Mimos Bhd are now proactive measures such as seeking and fixing vulnerabilities and running remediation drills to protect the information networks of ten public sector agencies including defence and security; banking and finance; information and communications; energy; water; transportation; health and emergency services plus food and agriculture.

Mimos, the national ICT (information and communications technology) research and development agency, is to provide advanced security technologies for the operation, and the agencies have been told to upgrade and patch their software.