Sabah standoff heads online
MANILA, Philippines - The Sabah standoff is making its way online, it seems. A number of reports from a Philippine tech news site points to hacking attacks from both Malaysian and Philippine hackers over the weekend.
The Pinoy Tech News website has 3 reports from March 2 and 3, with it citing that Malaysian hackers appeared to have started the online attacks by taking down or defacing a number of websites, with Philippine hackers striking back. The hack-slinging continued over the weekend, with further attacks from both sides on a number of non-government websites.
According to the reports, the Philippines also retaliated by attacking Malaysian government websites. Checking the Malaysian government portal earlier today (10:46 am of March 4) showed a login screen rather than the actual page.
By 11:08 am of March 4, the site seemed to return to normal operations.
The Star of Malaysia also reported on the attacks, adding that "CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said that the Government was well aware of the matter but declined further comment."
Internet users hoping to check Malaysian and Philippine government websites will want to take some precautions when surfing these pages and, at the very least, expect potential downtime on these sites should online hostilities increase. - Rappler.com