Govt agencies must improve security as hacker resurfaces

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by TMR FILE 

THE National Security Council (NSC) has warned government agencies to take necessary actions against cyber security threats coming from a hacker group called “Anonymous Malaysia”.

The NSC views the threat seriously following a viral video on social media published by Anonymous Malaysia highlighting cyber security weaknesses in the government’s information, communication and technology (ICT) infrastructure.

“As such, the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) and NSC have issued a warning notice to all government agencies to take necessary actions to prevent and minimise the impact of the attack threats.

“The NACSA and NSC are also working with the Royal Malaysia Police to coordinate and take actions accordingly,” the NSC said in a statement yesterday.

The agency said the government gives priority to the safety of the government’s ICT infrastructure, as well as the country’s critical systems by outlining enhancement measures and increasing the skills and knowledge of related officers.

NSC added that the security measures are in line with the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) 2020-2024 that was launched in October last year.

In the threat video, Anonymous Malaysia said the government’s security system is low and all data may be leaked where unwanted hackers can sell the information.

They said all Malaysia’s telecommunication data has been hacked over 46 million until now, scam cases are on the rise and armed forces’ websites have been hacked and many more.

“Cause of the government didn’t support and the developer team don’t take ownership of their code. They don’t actively seek to grow their abilities. They are not curious about new horizons and they are unwilling to recognise and learn from their mistakes,” Anonymous Malaysia said in their “message” to the government.

“It has been a long time. We are silent,” Anonymous Malaysia added, “It is time to open your eyes.”

Anonymous Malaysia last appeared publicly in 2015 when they demanded then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak to step down.


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Govt agencies told to improve security amid Anonymous Malaysia’s  threats