International cyber-terrorists strike launched against Malaysia?

Tonight, there are probabilities that Malaysian Government websites have started to be struck by unknown cyber-terrorists, believed to be the work of an international group. The were bold ‘writings on the wall’.

Hackers threaten government portal

K Pragalath| June 14, 2011

Group targets government’s official website in an apparent reaction to MCMC blocking 10 file-sharing sites recently

KUALA LUMPUR: A group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’ has threatened to hack the Malaysian Government’s official www.malaysia.gov.mywebsite.
The group, which declared that the hacking would be done under a codename “Operation Malaysia”, gave no reason for targeting the website.

There was also no other details made available on the threatening note which was posted on the group’s website http://i.imgur.com/PTFWh.png.

According to the note and a tweet from F-Secure Corporation, a Finland based security software company which The Star Online picked up, the Malaysian portal would be hacked on Thursday at 3.30pm local.

In a related development, a video clip on Youtube entitled ‘Operation Malaysia” is making waves. The clip, which runs for 1:16 seconds, explains the motive behind ‘Operation Malaysia.’

“We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks.

“Malaysia is one of the world’s strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows.

These acts of censorship are inexcusable.

“You are taking away a basic human right. The internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference,” said Anonymous in the clip.

The clip was uploaded by someone with the user name TechUndersscored.

The clip is believed to be a reaction to the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocking several file-sharing sites.

Last Saturday, MCMC blocked 10 file-sharing sites including The Pirate Bay as it contravened Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987 that deals with pirated content.

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This came after a groupof unknown hackers vowed to ‘teach Malaysian Government a lesson’, after the recent banning of 10 websites by MCMC. These file-sharing exchanges are no longer accessible by Malaysian traffic.

Saturday June 11, 2011

No more free downloads as MCMC blocks 10 file sharing sites

By M. KUMAR, WONG PEK MEI and JO TIMBUONG
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: In a bid to combat piracy, the Government has declared war on filesharing websites with 10 such websites now blocked by the telecommunications industry watchdog.

The websites were among the most visited sites by Malaysians to illegally download movies.

On May 30, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had written a letter to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) ordering the block.

The letter was signed by Digital Security Services division acting seniordirector Eneng Faridah Iskandar.

The letter, which was leaked online, also stated that the websites were being blocked for breaching Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987, which deals with pirated content.

An MCMC spokesperson confirmed the ban and said it was done on the request of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.

The ministry’s enforcement division director-general Mohd Roslan Mahayudin confirmed that the request was made.

“It is standard procedure for the ministry to request MCMC to block sites that violate the Copyright Act 1987,” he told The Star.

Roslan said the ministry had requested that 19 websites, including the 10 listed in the letter, be blocked for violating the Act but added that it was up to MCMC to decide on which ones to block.

When asked about the fate of surfers who legally use the websites such as for storing non-pirated content, Mohd Roslan said they could always write to the ministry.

“Anyone who feels the ban is wrong can write to us and we will look into it,” he said.

Film maker Norman Abd Halim of KRU Studios said the move was long overdue.

“The unauthorised use of copyright work is destroying the industry. If everyone feels that works should be shared, then there is no value in these works,” he said.

Norman equated the move to South Korea’s three-strikes law, where a person guilty of copyright infringement can have their Internet access suspended for six months.

However, irate users have vented their frustration by creating aFacebook page to protest.

By 8.30pm yesterday, there were 410 supporters who “liked” the page that was named “1M Malaysians Don’t Want Block File Sharing Websites.”

FilesTube Media Search Engine, one of the sites ordered blocked, also commented on the page.

“We have posted information about this on our wall. We are with you.”

Before the page was put up, some Malaysians were already protesting via Twitter.

“You can’t create a walled-up Internet garden,” read one tweet.

Some also made reference to the MSC Malaysia Bill of Guarantees which states that the Government will not censor the Internet.

MSC Malaysia is a national initiative that kicked off in 1996 and is aimed at transforming the nation into a knowledge-based economy.

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These cyber-terrorists deemed Malaysia as practicing ‘undemocratic internet freedom’. Thus the attack on Malaysian Government websites. The pattern was seen to what happened in Turkey last week.

By IB Times Staff Reporter | June 10, 2011 7:33 AM EDT

Hackers group Anonymous has taken down the Turkish telecom agency official website on Friday in a protest against Internet censorship imposed in the country.

After hacking the website of Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB), the group left a message saying: “The government has blocked thousands of websites and blogs while abusive legal proceedings against online journalists persist. The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity. Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level.”

 

Anonymous announced its move on Thursday before carrying out the attack. “We will bring our support to circumvent censorship and retaliate against organizations imposing censorship,” said the group in a posting on the anonnews.org website, under the title “Operation Turkey” pledging to fight “Internet censorship in Turkey”.

The attack followed protests in Istanbul in May against Internet censorship and plans for a new filtering system, to be introduced from August 22, under which users must sign up to filter for domestic, family, children and standard usage.

In December, the group launched attacks that temporarily shut down the sites of MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc for blocking payments to WikiLeaks.

In February, it took down two major government websites inEgypt following the unrest and Hosni Mubarak government’s crack down on pro-democracy protesters.

Turkey said it is taking measures to limit the impact. “We will not stand back in the face of an attack on our country by this group. We call on the state bodies responsible for fighting such crimes to act,” Yavuz Kocoglu, head of the body to tackle IT crimes, said in a statement.

Turkey has earlier banned YouTube for two years, under court orders, for infringing decency laws. Reporters Without Borders, an international censorship watchdog organization, included Turkey on its 2011 list of 16 countries “under surveillance”.

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Fortunately, the Turks were lucky. The Turkish Government scored success:

Turkey ‘arrests 32’ in raid on hacker group

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

ANKARA — Turkish police have arrested 32 people suspected of belonging to a cabal of hackers who sabatoged government websites to protest against Internet censorship, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

Nine minors arrested in the sweep were subsequently released, Anatolia said.

The arrests came in a Monday raid in several Turkish cities against the international hackers group Anonymous, which rose to fame with a series of attacks on websites linked to the Church of Scientology.

The group gained further prominence after launching retaliatory attacks on companies perceived to be enemies of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

Last week, on the eve of legislative elections in Turkey, Anonymous hacked several Turkish websites, including that of the Turkish telecoms authority TIB, which regulates Internet use and helped develop the government’s Internet censorship programme.

Turkey has blocked access to thousands of websites, particularly those with sexual content or material considered insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

In November, a Turkish court quashed a three-year ban on the popular video hosting site Youtube, which was the fifth most popular site in the country until it was closed for showing clips deemed disrespectful to Ataturk.

The Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has voiced repeated concern over Turkish policies that restrict access to information, which some suggest are hampering Ankara’s progress towards EU membership

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Some Malaysians, especially those living abroad complained that ‘undemocratic practices’ about Malaysia which include Internet freedom. Being abroad, naturally bent them towards pandering to these talks without weighing the consequence for Malaysia at large. Obviously, these claims are sordid attempt to debunk the concept of ‘democracy’ as the aspiration of the majority should prevail over individual’s.

Organised injection of virus is not ruled out in this also.

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 22:05  Comments (13)  

Mentaliti agungkan penjajah dalam agensi pembangun Melayu?

CEO Proxcell Global Sdn. Bhd.

Kami pernah mendengar bahawa ada agensi yang dijudkan untuk membangunkan sosio-ekonomi orang Melayu melantik bukan sahaja Bukan Melayu ke jawatan strategik, malah melantik orang ‘kulit putih’.

Sebuah anak syariakt FELDA (melalui FELDA Prodata Systems Sdn. Bhd.), Proxcell Global System Sdn. Bhd. iaitu usahasama antara Felda dan Kumpulan Innovation Associates (IA) melantik seorang Eropah berketurunan Jerman Cristoph Zilian sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif. Sebelum ini Zilian merupakan Naib Presiden Kanan sebuah syarikat IT beroperasi dari Singapura.

Tan Sri Taib Andak

FELDA merupakan agensi yang ditugaskan untuk membangunkan sosio-ekonomi orang Melayu. Pada tahun 1960an dan 70an, program program FELDA mendapat perhatian khusus dan teliti YAB Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, yang begitu berminat membangunkan orang Melayu yang rata rata berada diluar bandar. Pengerusi FELDA ketika itu diamanahkan pada personaliti yang amat akrab dengan Tun Razak iaitu Tan Sri Taib Andak, seorang keluarga bangsawan Johor yang mendapat pendidikan dari universiti ternama Britain, London School of Economics pada tahun 1940an.

Penyusunan semula program pembangunan tanah yang dianjur dan kawalselia oleh agensi Kerajaan Persekutuan merupakan program terancang yang paling berjaya dalam dunia dan mendapat pujian dan sanjungan dari pelbagai negara dunia ketiga dan sedang membangun. FELDA berjaya melahirkan ramai professional Melayu termasuk teknokrat sehingga ketahap jutawan.

Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim

Amat menghairan mengapa syarikat usahasama ini mengangkat seorang bangsa Jerman sebagai CEO sedangkan ramai anak Melayu yang mempunyai kepakaran dan pendedahan, termasuk MNC boleh diambil. Lebih menghairankan ialah Zilian merupakan orang yang amat dipercayai oleh CEO IA En Halim Hj Din dan Pengarah Eksekutif IA Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim, dalam syarikat mereka IA Consulting Sdn. Bhd. Dr Hamzah merupakan salah seorang Ahli Majlis Penasihat Ekonomi Negara (NEAC) yang bertanggung jawab keatas dasar pembangunan modal insan.

Malah, IA sendiri mempunyai sebuah anak syarikat milik penuh agensi perkerjaan dan perunding pembangunan modal insan Career Xcell Sdn. Bhd.(CX). Pengurus Kanan CX begitu aktif berkecimpung memberikan nasihat mengenai pembangunan modal insan dikalangan orang Melayu, termasuk badan badan berkanun tertentu. Mereka sewajarnya mencari talen talen professional dari kalangan anak Melayu dahulu untuk mengisi jawatan strategik, terutama CEO. Dasar Kerajaan Persekutuan kini ialah mengalakan professional anak Malaysia kembali dan berkhidmat disini, sehingga Talent Corporation diujudkan bagi merealisasikan matlamat ini.

Perlantikan seorang anak kelahiran Jerman adalah bercanggah dengan dasar ini.

Kumpulan Professional Melayu dalam bidang ICT yang berpengalaman sesuai kedudukan strategik, kepakaran dan pendedahan MNC merupakan salah satu kebanggaan Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang diperkenalkan tahun 1971. Nama nama seperti Dato’ Seri Zamzamzairani Md Isa (Telekom Malaysia Bhd), Dato’ Badlisham Ghazali (MDEC),  Dato’ Seri Jamaluddin Ibrahim (Axiata Bhd), Dato’ Seri Shazali Ramli (Celcom Axiata), Dato’ Shahril Tarmizi (SKMM), Dato’ Rozana Rozhan (Astro), Azfal Abdul Rahim (Timedotcom), Yasmin Mahmood (YTL Communications) dan sebagainya merupakan contoh kejayaan ini.

Professional dikalangan anak Melayu yang berada dalam satu fasa dibawah golongan yang disebutkan itu juga begitu ramai. Mereka juga mempunyai kepakaran, pendedahan dan pengalaman strategik dalam teknologi, perniagaan dan pasaran bidang bidang tertentu.

Jelas Apakah FELDA dan pemilik IA tidak selesa dan berkeyakinan dengan kemampuan professional dikalangan anak Melayu sehinggakan tergamak melantik seorang CEO berbangsa Jerman? Apakah ini tidak mencerminkan mentaliti mengagungkan penjajah masih lagi tebal pada individu tertentu dalam penghayatan mereka yang sepatutnya dipertanggung jawabkan untuk membangunkan orang Melayu?

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 09:31  Comments (25)