Malaysia’s government says it is preparing to foil a potential cyber attack on its website by online collective Anonymous, which is responding to the country’s strict censorship practices, Voice of America reports.
Anonymous recently posted a video message on various websites, saying the government’s efforts to restrict access to at least 10 file-sharing websites amounts to a denial of basic human rights.
“We fear that if you make further decisions to take away human freedom, we are obligated to act fast and have no mercy,“ the coalition said in a statement yesterday. However, so far there have been no reports on actual attacks after the threatened Wednesday morning deadline, VOA said.
“We are aware of the hack threat and we believe that the threat is real,” said Husin Jazri, director of the government’s CyberSecurity Malaysia agency, according to AFP. “We have alerted the relevant parties and government agencies.”
Anonymous recently launched a series of cyber attacks on official websites worldwide, including in Spain and Turkey, where police arrested 3o some suspected hackers believed to be associated with the hacktivist gathering.