Sabah conflict spills over to web

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 04 2013 12:25 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2013 08:25 PM

MANILA - The conflict in Sabah, Malaysia between the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian forces has spilled over to the world wide web.

So-called “Anonymous Malaysia” defaced several websites of Philippine local governments, with the message: “Well, its time for us to PEACE and stop attacking each other. To end up this war, this is our last defacement and from now on none of us will step or touch ur country site and none of you are able to touch our country site. If u againts this agreement, we wont accept any apology or excuses #wewillnotgodown.”

The message was put across several websites such as sanjulian.gov.ph, calauanlaguna.gov.ph, calbayog.gov.ph.

The virtual attacks came amidst clashes between Malaysian forces and followers of Jamalal Kiram III, who are fighting for their claim over Sabah.

It has been more than two weeks since the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III entered Lahad Datu in Sabah, which also signaled new issues arising from the creation of a political entity in Bangsamoro. Kiram claimed they have been sidelined by the peace pact between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
More than 20 have died since clashes started last Friday.

Supposed Malaysian hackers started defacing Philippine websites last week, starting with the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines. The website is down until today.

Alleged Filipino hacktivists, who introduced themselves as “Kismet-07” and “Anonymous Cebu”, retaliated by hacking several Malaysian websites such as http://www.stamford.edu.my/.

Their message reads: “Time has come to reclaim what is truly ours. Sabah is owned by the Philippines, you illegally claiming it. Even if you look in every history of Sabah, Philippines is the owner of it. Don't try what China is doing at this time. Also, don't dare to hack our websites, OR ELSE WE WILL CONTINUE ATTACKING YOUR CYBER WORLD! YOU STARTED THE FIRE. WE WILL END IT WITH DUST!"

The website of a travel firm, Oriental Grace Travel Sdn. Bhd., was also defaced. The others include: http://jatiberingin.com.my/, http://pergolahotel.com.my/, http://pointofsales.my/, http://www.kualalumpurescorts69.com/, http://malaysiaklescorts.com/