Cops tracing source of hacker video message

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian police have started investigations into who posted the YouTube video message allegedly from the Anonymous hacker group.

Asst Comm Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din, head of the CyberSecurity and Multimedia Investigation Di-vision, at the Commercial Division of the Royal Malaysian Police, said they would be liaising with the telecommunications industry watchdog.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the industry regulator.

"We have advised the relevant agencies involved to be alert following the threat," Kamaruddin said.

The video message posted yesterday said the hacker group was going to attack the www.malaysia.gov.my portal because the MCMC had banned several file-sharing websites, as well as for several other reasons. A similar message was also posted on another website.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, which is responsible for safeguarding the nation's borders in cyberspace, said it takes all cyberthreats seriously.

"We are aware of the hacker threat and we believe that the threat is real. We have alerted the relevant parties and government agencies," said Lt Col (Rtd) Datuk Husin Jazri, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia.

It was learnt that a high-level emergency meeting took place yesterday between the relevant authorities, including the National Security Council and CyberSecurity Malaysia, over the threat.