KUALA LUMPUR: The information networks of 10 critical Government branches have been ordered to strengthen their security, following a threat by hacktivist group Anonymous Malaysia to declare “all-out Internet war” against the Malaysian Government.
Agencies belonging to the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) were given a directive by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to upgrade their computer software and security patches in their systems.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Madius Tangau, in a statement, said that CyberSecurity Malaysia and MIMOS Berhad were taking proactive measures in plugging holes in the agencies’ networks.
“In the context of cyber security, Cybersecurity Malaysia will lend technical support to services to the ten CNII sectors as stated under the National Cyber Security Policy (NCSP).
“MIMOS as the national ICT research and development agency will work on maintaining the country’s e-Sovereignty by developing advanced security technologies,” said Madius, who also called on the agencies to begin running security drills with experts.
The 10 branches include Malaysia’s defence and security, banking and finance, information and communications, energy, water, transportation, health services, emergency services, food and agriculture and government sectors.
“If they took control of the network of any one of these sectors, it could affect the running of the country,” said a Ministry source on Tuesday.
The source said the Government was prepared for any eventuality when asked about Anonymous Malaysia’s threat.
“Security is being hardened. We always plan for the worst and have taken good measures by having regular crisis simulation drills,” said the source.
Anonymous Malaysia posted an eight-minute video on its official Facebook page on August 4, to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over recent scandals dogging his admnistration.
It declared an “all-out Internet warfare” against the police, the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission (MACC) and 150 websites, which it had “strategically” selected.
It warned that the day-long cyber attacks would begin on August 29, the same time the Bersih 4.0 demonstrations are expected to begin in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.