Malaysia's armed forces confirms cyber-attack on network

Hackers attempted to steal information from the Malaysian government.
Hackers attempted to steal information from the Malaysian government.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) confirmed on Tuesday (Dec 29) that its network was the target of a cyber-attack on Monday by hackers attempting to steal information from the government.

"We confirm that there was a cyber-attack on network data belonging to the MAF," said its chief Affendi Buang.

He said the incident was detected by the Cyber and Electromagnetic Defence division and the MAF's Cyber Defence Operation Centre, both of which managed to isolate the data traffic to mask the location of crucial data and protect the network targeted by hackers.

“The cyberattack failed to affect the actual operations of the portal and only successfully hacked certain segments that have been placed outside of the network from the start," Tan Sri Affendi said.

He added that the MAF was aware of continual cyber-attack attempts on the Defence Ministry and MAF's data networks.

"The MAF always monitors and increases its cyber-security through the roles of the division and CDOC. Both entities not only strengthen the MAF's defence communication and monitoring, they also protect the nation's strategic defence communication."

The MAF web portal was said to have displayed indecent pictures on the portal after the hack at about 12 noon on Monday.