From time to time, we would hear of data leak incidents from government websites. Despite the complaints from the public, the situation appears to remain the same without any improvement.
Recently, former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik took to his Facebook page to share that the e-operasi website of the Ministry of Education was allegedly hacked.
Along with the post, he shared a picture of the website showing a black background with red text and the title was “Hacked by 4n5w3r1337”.
The message reads, “Please patch your critical vulnerability before someone from ‘outside’ gets into your system.”
“Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people. And if you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked.”
Meanwhile, the hacker explained that he was just hacking the website for fun and he enjoyed finding vulnerabilities, nothing beyond that.
He also mentioned that he had reported these vulnerabilities last year but no action were taken.
He then ended his message by saying, “Stop using people for your pocket and fame. Patch your system, and don’t look for me. All my info and IP are fake. You’re most welcome.”
In the comment section, teachers from across the country said they have experienced difficulty in accessing the website.
“No wonder I couldn’t open the site this afternoon,” a netizen said.
“I wanted to check something but I couldn’t. The information kept changing as well. I don’t understand what’s happening,” another netizen said.
Meanwhile, some of them explained that the e-operasi website is a database where they store their personal information, spouse and work information.
“OMG, e-operasi contains a lot of teachers’ confidential information,” a netizen shared.
On the other hand, a netizen pointed out that the website was not hacked and only defaced. However, that does not change the fact that the security of the web page is terrible.
“Deface is just the first step. Next, they will attack the website’s vulnerable spot,” a netizen said.
However, the last we check, the e-operasi site is back online and the Ministry of Education (KPM) has yet to issue any statement regarding the incident.
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