Monday, November 4, 2013

Straits Times website down after hacker threat

It seems like 'Anonymous' collective hackers intensify cyber attacks across South-East Asia. Today,
Straits Times website was inaccessible for sometime, 3 days after hacker or hackers called The Messiah hacked its forum pages. The Straits Times site went offline around 9.30 a.m. Singapore time (1:30 a.m. British time) on Monday and came back up around 11 a.m.

"Some users might have had difficulty accessing the website late last night and some SPH websites today ... The SPH Information Technology Division is investigating the matter", publisher Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) said in response to media queries. (Source : Singapore Straits Times website down after hacker threat)

According to The Straits Times, The Straits Times was not the only website down:

Some Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) websites such as and AsiaOne were not fully accessible on Monday. (Source : Intermittent access on SPH's websites on Sunday night and Monday)

It is not known whether this last incident is related to Anonymous collective. A hacker or a group of hackers named The Messiah from Anonymous collective has hacked The Straits Times late last week. Hacker(s) from the same collective later hacked some government web sites in Philippines and some business web sites in Australia. Some Singapore government web sites were also down on Saturday but IDA of Singapore has said that that was a planned maintenance.

Straits Times and Asia One websites were down for some today.

What is Anonymous collective?
Anonymous is a loosely associated international network of activists and hacktivists. Originated in 2003, a website associated with the group describes it as "an internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives". The group became known for a series of well-publicized hacks and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.

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