Thursday, September 9, 2010

Malaysia Today and Free Malaysia Today Attacked by DDOS!

SHAH ALAM, Sept 9 — Both online new portal freemalaysiatoday.com (FMT) and Raja Petra Kamarudin’s malaysia-today.net are inaccessible due to attacks today.

When contacted, FMT Editor K. Kabilan said the news portal had been under intermittent Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack for the last two or three weeks before it became inaccessible at 3am.

A DDOS attack is a concerted effort to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently by saturating the website with external communication requests.

“We are trying our best to restore connection by 5pm.” said Kabilan to The Malaysian Insider.

He pointed out that malaysia-today.net had also been hit by disruption for the last three or four days.

Meanwhile FMT’s chief technical officer Thirun Nadason, in a statement, said the they believed the DDOS is the work of professionals.

“Our tech team is working on ensuring that service can be provided uninterrupted,” he said.

FMT’s managing editor Phlip Rodrigues condemned the attacks.

“This is the second time such an incident has happened but FMT will not be discouraged by such unscrupulous action and will continue to report without fear or favour,

“FMT wishes to apologise to our readers for any inconvenience caused,” he said.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said yesterday they had detected a 50 per cent increase in hacking on Malaysian websites in the first week of this month.

They warned that unmonitored websites during festive seasons may lead to more attempts of cyber mischief.

A total of 262 web defacement activities in the first week of September compared to 168 cases were recorded last month.


The Malaysian Insider

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