Bloody Sabah clashes spark PH-Malaysia cyberattacks


PETALING JAYA—Cyberattacks raged between Malaysian and Filipino hackers over the weekend, mirroring the ground skirmishes in Sabah on Friday and Saturday.

Hackers claiming to be from Malaysian and Filipino chapters of the hacktivist group Anonymous attacked websites of both countries.

It was believed that the first online attacks were made by Malaysians, hours after a skirmish erupted between police and Sulu armed men on Friday.

A message written in Filipino posted on Anonymous Malaysia’s Facebook page that day warned Filipinos that they would strike.

Filipino blog Pinoy Tech News first reported that some Philippine websites were hit by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. Others were defaced.

Filipino hackers then retaliated, attacking and defacing several Malaysian private- and government-owned websites. Some claimed to have crashed some Malaysian government websites, and publicly announced their exploits over Facebook. They also called for their followers to launch DoS attacks against local sites.

Supporters of the Filipinos manipulated Google search listings to show a message backing the incursion.

A Google search for the word “Sabah,” the state at the center of Malaysia’s biggest security crisis in years, came back with a search results page that quotes “Wikipedia” calling Malaysian control of the state “illegitimate.”

“Sabah is illegitimately considered one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, and is said to be its easternmost state but in fact, it is part of the sultanate of Sulu,” the passage read, shown in a box previewing the Wikipedia entry for Sabah.

The website of Stamford College in Malaysia was apparently hacked at the weekend, its front page replaced by a message that said: “The time has come to reclaim what is truly ours.”

“Sabah is owned by the Philippines, you illegally (sic) claiming it,” it said.

A statement purportedly made by Anonymous called on hackers of both countries to stand down.

“The petty cyberwar will gain us nothing but wrong impressions from ordinary people… Let us help both the Philippines and Malaysia unite, not find a reason to fight,” it said.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dr. Amiruddin Abdul Wahab said that the government was well aware of the matter but declined further comment.

Originally posted: 11:41 am | Monday, March 4th, 2013

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  • goldelguira

    Sabah will always belong to Philippines, no amount can be paid or changed because this is a gift, If a gift given to you then you will kept and treasure it because it’s priceless, there’s a meaning then every Filipino blood will drop if Malaysia will try to usurp or use excessive force to attack Filipino. I think we have a weak President don’t know how handle diplomatically they should have approach these issue very seriously.

    • johndcross1

      Amen to that!  Indeed it was a gift from the Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of Sulu.  Let us do away with the (1) British North Borneo Co.who rented the territory, then the so-called (2) referendum which did not involved the Sultan of Sulu & rejected by Indonisia & the Philippines, and the (3) unilateral annexation by Malaysia as part of the 13 states & what is left is the introvertible fact that the Sultan of Sulu is still the legitimate sole owner of Sabah!

      The last two instances were part of the covert campaign of Britain & Malaysia to grab Sabah away from the Sultanate of Sulu!

  • Marlou Wang

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  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Malamang may kinalaman din dito ang CHINA, sila ang may pera at interest sa Spratley, nililibang nila at nililipat ang attention para patuloy sila sa pagpapalaki ng garrision at paglalagay ng pwersa sa China  Sea. Sana huwag makalimutan nang PINAS ang situation sa Spratley at lagyan nang nararapat na proteksyon at attentions ang ating mga islets duon…..

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      It will divide PH-Malaysia treaty. 

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