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ED#195 : No, Google Malaysia Didn't Get Hacked
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ED#195 : No, Google Malaysia Didn't Get Hacked

This morning, Malaysians were treated to a shocking sight when they got down to serious work after breakfast and some Facebook time. Instead of a simple Google page showing a cowboy on a galloping horse, it showed a black page claiming that Google Malaysia had been hacked by [email protected], with the hashtag #Bangladeshi HackeR.

Google Malaysia Hacked
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Despite the bold claim, [email protected] did not actually hack Google Malaysia. Rather, they hacked MYNIC Berhad, the Malaysian agency in charge of administering the .my domain name.

Once they gained access to MYNIC's system, they merely changed the nameserver setting for google.com.my to point to 82.165.130.208 (s16013830.onlinehome-server.info), which is a server they control or had earlier hacked to display the black greeting page.

That's why even Yahoo Malaysia was affected but displayed the same page. If this was a genuine hack, they would have used a different page for Yahoo Malaysia, and they wouldn't have needed to redirect Google and Yahoo users to that server, which is incidentally located in Germany.

Yahoo Malaysia Hacked

That said, it was still a significant attack because it took several hours before Google Malaysia was able to redirect users to their own servers. During that time, users either had to know enough to manually use an alternate Google address like google.com.sg or switch to a different search engine like Bing.

Yahoo Malaysia Hacked

At the time we wrote this, Yahoo Malaysia was still pointing to the German server, more than 8 hours since we first noticed the problem.

Heads should roll in MYNIC since this isn't the first time hackers have gained access to their systems and redirected users through DNS poisoning / spoofing. But then again, it's Malaysia... This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time. Malaysia boleh!

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MYNIC Responds

MYNIC has issued a press release on their successful resolution of this security breach "within 24 hours". Interesting to note that they are only now starting to implement a Two Factor Authentication (2FA) verification process. The 2FA process should have been part of their security protocol long ago!

MYNIC Responds

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