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Google Malaysia falls victim to DNS hijacking

The website was replaced by a splash screen of a Pakistani hacker group calling themselves “Team Madleets”. This screen remained up for several hours, starting about 2 AM Friday until about 8 AM.

This attack was not done on the Google Malaysia website but on the Malaysian Network Information Centre, which is solely responsible for all .my DNS records. Upon gaining access to MYNIC, hackers changed the addresses for google.com.my and google.my to redirect to their splash screen.

The attack does not seem malicious or politically motivated. The group issued a statement saying

“There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever.”

This is the second time this year that MYNIC has been compromised. A full report of this break-ins damage has yet to be released, but this only underscores the importance of DNS security, something that has been overlooked until now.

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