Emergency Team Could Not Contact Website Managers
3rd January 2001 (The Star)

Petaling Jaya: The Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) said that it knew that the Parliament website had been hacked lastWedsnesday, but had been unable to get in touch with the people managing th ewebsite.

The hacking, which wiped out all information on the Parliament website and replaced the homepage with words in a foreign language, was first made public by DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang last Saturday.

"We were informed abou the hacking at 10pm on Dec 27, from a trusted foreign source, but we could not contact the people involved ," MyCERT project head Raja Azrina Raja Othman said in a press statement yesterday.

She said according to MyCERT's sources, this was not the first time the Parliament website had been hacked, but did not provide further details.

MyCERT (http://www.mycert.mimos.my) had been expecting an increase in hacking and computer virus attacks during the festive season, and said it had reminded all government agencies on its subscription list to be prepared.

"We had also advised these organisations to update their contact information, especially with cellphone numbers, during the holidays," Raja Azrina said.

Under the Computer Crimes Bill, hacking is a criminal act. As yet, no police report has been filed.