Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Telegram account of M’sia’s top leaders hacked, M’sians question country’s digital defence system

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Over the past few days, it was reported that the private Telegram accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah had been compromised by hackers.

Following the incident, both the country’s top leaders have taken the matter to Twitter to call on the public to disregard any messages received from the account and report the matter to officials.

A police report was also lodged following the incident.

Meanwhile, netizens on social media did not show much empathy for the politicians, with many questioning the effectiveness of the country’s cybersecurity. Many also pointed out how protected citizens actually are, when the leaders’ personal account is not spared from hackers.

“The country’s digital defence system is so weak. Even Malaysia’s number one official was hacked, what more us regular folk,” a netizen said.

“The leader of a nation, whose account has been hacked, telling the people on Twitter about the matter. Shouldn’t he keep the matter on the low and let authorities investigate the cause of the incident since this is a matter of national security?”

“What level in hell is this kind of crisis management?” another netizen said.

Some netizens even started the hashtag #Godammenteri and asked if the hacker is targeting the ministers in the country to show that the country’s cybersecurity is weak.

On the other hand, some netizens poke fun at Ismail Sabri and suggested that he might have left his devices at an unprotected location.

“Did he leave his phone at the mamak restaurant? Hahaha,” a netizen asked.

Another asked if the prime minister had logged in to his Telegram account at a cybercafe. 

Nonetheless, it is not the first time Telegram has let its users down. According to lawyer and activist Michelle Yesudas, she said this is not the first instance where the software has apparently inconvenienced its users.  

“Pity. Let’s be honest, Telegram has been consistently letting everyone down, from women, people from marginalised communities and now our prime minister,” she tweeted.

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