127 websites hacked after Gojek backlash

pic by TMR FILE

A TOTAL of 127 websites were attacked in August 2019 following the backlash on Indonesia’s motorcycle ride-hailing firm Gojek.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said of the total, 24 websites are government-run and the remaining 103 were of private agencies.

In a recent written parliamentary reply, he said the government websites were not related to any critical services and the attack had not interfered with the administration’s online services.

As for the private websites involved, most were small companies using a web host and did not involve any security aspects.

Dr Mahathir was responding to a question by Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin (BN-Padang Besar) on the level of security for government and private agencies’ sites, and the number of websites hacked last August.

He added that while the websites’ security levels are good, the government takes cyber issues very seriously, especially those of critical agencies with online services.

To recall, the cyber-attack incident in August came after Big Blue Taxi Services founder Shamsubahrin Ismail (picture) made a derogatory statement following the proposal to introduce the Gojek motorcycle e-hailing service into the country.

Shamsubahrin described Gojek as a service for poor people in Jakarta, Thailand, India and Cambodia.

His remark sparked outrage among Indonesian Gojek riders who demanded an apology and threatened to carry out a demonstration at the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta.

Indonesian hackers then announced on social media their intention to launch a cyber-attack campaign on August 30, 2019, and urged other Indonesians to partake.

In response to that, the government, through the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) took proactive steps to counter such attacks.

NACSA issued an advisory to all government agencies including the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) organisation.

NACSA and the National Cyber Control and Coordination Centre (NC4) contacted site administrators and directed prevention measures to be implemented.

Other steps taken include collaborations with other cyber operations centres namely the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Cyber Defense Operations Centre and GITN Sdn Bhd to monitor any attack activity on the network and to perform close monitoring— and keeping in touch with the CNII organisation through the NC4 system to monitor any further cyber-attacks.

The government, according to Dr Mahathir’s written reply, will undertake aggressive efforts to monitor and take proactive actions to strengthen the government’s ICT infrastructure based on the upcoming enforcement of the National Cyber Security Strategy.