A group of hacker activists or hacktivists by the name of Anonymous Malaysia, has resurfaced after more than five years to pledge a concerted cyber-attack against government websites and online assets called #OpsWakeUp21.
On its social media account, a video and post was released whereby the group said this warning should serve as a “wake-up call for the government of Malaysia” which it has accused of keeping silent over the many data breaches and sales of personal information of citizens in the past few years.
In the short video uploaded at 7pm addressed to the Malaysia government, they mentioned “Your security system is low, all data may be leak. This can cause unwanted hacker selling all information”. The 2:29-minute video featured a man reading a text off a paper, wearing the Guy Fawkes mask, a icon that has been co-opted among others by the global Anonymous movement. A voice was overlaid over the video, believed to be generated from a text-to-speech software.
The group said this incident took place due to the developers themselves do not take ownership of their own codes and Putrajaya allegedly does not support the developers behind such digital assets. Further, they also accused the government developers of failing to educate and grow their skills, and unwilling to recognise and learn from their mistakes.
The group quoted : “It had been a long time, we are silent. It’s time open your eyes”
“We are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us”.
Election watchdog Bersih 2.0 had then has urged police to investigate the hacker group’s warning and decline any association with the group. Three suspects were then reportedly remanded in Kuala Lumpur following an arrest in Johor Baru, under Section 5 of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 that handles “unauthorised modification of the contents of any computer”.
In the same year, Anonymous Malaysia intimidate to blow up the car of inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, but did not follow through with its threat.
Anonymous Malaysia first came under media spotlight in 2011, when it took down 91 governmental sites including the government’s official portal, after Putrajaya blocked and censored access to websites such as torrent search engine The Pirate Bay.
In closing, Anonymous is a decentralised international movement that was established around 2003 and 2004, targeting governments, their agencies, and major corporations, usually holding anti-cyber-surveillance and anti-cyber-censorship views.