Blame the wind for haze, say hackers

Indonesian hacking group "Indonesia J.A.M.5 Team" has claimed responsibility for hacking the website of Singapore traditional Chinese medicine specialist Eu Yan Sang yesterday morning.



The site was defaced at 12.43am and carried a message in Bahasa Indonesia that asked site visitors not to "insult our country" for the "smoke in the air in your country".

"Do not blame Indonesia for the polluted air in your country. Blame the wind...Who told the wind to blow to your country?" it read.

Eu Yan Sang said that it restored the website at 8.30am yesterday. The website of its subsidiary, Eu Yan Sang Integrative Health, was also hacked, it said.

Mr Richard Eu, group chief executive of Eu Yan Sang International, said that no client data or online-payment data were compromised in the incident.

He said that Eu Yan Sang will be implementing "tighter security standards on all of our web properties".

Mr David Siah, country manager of IT-security firm Trend Micro Singapore, said that "political sentiments" are a common theme in "hacktivism incidents". He said that tools and skills to launch such attacks are becoming easily available.

Eu Yan Sang could have been targeted because its site is popular, he said.

Indonesia should accept M'sian helpClick on thumbnail to view (Photos:, The Star, AFP, Reuters)

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