Missing the point

The Malaysian Insider carries 2 headlines on its homepage today. One is:

Government portal brought down, 51 sites attacked

The second is:

MCMC shrugs off Operation Malaysia, says ‘little impact’

Hacking another person or organisation’s web page is of course very wrong. I don not condone the actions of these hackers.

But MCMC has missed a point here, too. Even though many of the websites are back to normal operation soon after the attacks, the fact that the sites were down even for a few minutes show how vulnerable these sites are. If there is any personal information and data in these sites, it would have been hacked and obtained by the hackers.

MCMC has missed another point . The attacks have put Malaysia in world news, but  for  wrong reasons.

Malaysia is now probably known as a country that infringes on basic human rights of file sharing, asa country that reneges its promise not to censor internet. This will result in  many of the internet community  shunning this country, among them many IT experts and companies and investors too.

As I have mentioned in my last post, it is actually very simple to by pass the block. I have tried it after some of the websites blacklisted by our government become inaccessible due to the ISPs blocking the sites. After configuring my DNS to Google DNS (8.8.8.8), I have no problem going to the sites again, not to download, but just to try out how easy it is to bypass the block.

What will be next?

Probably the vulnerability of the websites would be cited as reasons to get outside ‘experts to re-design the pages.

 Probably many millions extra would be spent, going by the rate a facebook webpage costs the tax payers. Probably many people would be happy for these extra spendings, since there will be leakages and wastages as usual, and those beneficiaries will be laughing to the banks..

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kenny
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 13:53:39

    Do we have morons who created and maintained the websites? Even after a clear warning they can’t protect the sites. Perhaps they need an excuse to spend another few millions to “upgrade security”.

    An alternative to Google DNS is OpenDNS (208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220). The DNS only has to be set once and left permanently and you can surf as normal. I’ve been using it for more than a year as Streamyx also block some of my favourite sites (ahem!).

    Blocking web addresses is so yesterday. It is so easy to bypass that it is not even worth doing. Computer literate people know how to do it. If they don’t they will soon learn as the world is so tightly networked nowadays.The problem is that our MCMC minister is not computer literate.

    What the block does is to popularize the sites. A tremendous free ad for The Pirate Bay. As a bonus users can also access those sites blocked by Streamyx (ahem!) which they were not even aware were blocked. Publicizing that you have blocked the sites just defeats its purpose.

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  2. A true Malaysian
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 15:05:19

    That shows our experts are not indepth enough because of ‘Jaguh Kampung’ mentality.

    Our PM suggested ‘GLOCAL’ instead of ‘GLOBAL’ to his youngsters before. Remember?

    The ‘Anonymous’ heckers can do much more than that, that’s the signal they intended to send.

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  3. A true Malaysian
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 15:19:15

    Imagine MCMC supposedly a regulator yet they don’t even know about this simple trick (thanks Dr. Hsu, I just learned from you). Are they really a regulator per se?

    Never mind, merit is not important to them anyway, more backlashes are on the way. Our youngsters used to think they are ‘tip-top’ by scoring strings of As, but when face the global stage, they realise their strings of As actually mean nothing.

    We have to arrest such trend to continue. Don’t ever think we don’t have any choice. We have only one choice comes this 13th GE.

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  4. Phua Kai Lit
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 15:55:55

    Dear Kenny

    Neanderthals in the regime only know how to use intimidation, brute force, childish propaganda to quell dissent. They still don’t realise that these no longer work in the
    Internet Age.

    All those millions of ringgit spent on APCO — wasted !

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  5. Dr Hsu
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 16:40:32

    Most youngsters use Bittorrents to download files like movies and songs. It is a peer-2-peer file sharing mechanism, whereby millions of users are sharing files over the internet.

    Internet is borderless, and try censoring internet is like catching fish with a net with big holes.

    The way to deal with intellectual property , copyrights is through education and cultivating a culture to respect intellectual property.

    At the same time, copyright articles for sale must be within the means of the people . For example, it is more profitbale to sell 50 original blu-rays at RM 40 a piece, than to sell only 4 to 5 bluray a day at RM 120.

    What the pirates are doing is to mass sell at low profit. A pirated DVD can be as loww as RM6 now. BUt do you know that you can buy a DvD-R disc at carefour for less than one RM?(4.7G) so the pirates are still making lots of money.

    If the copyright people can sell their disc at 20 a piece, by mass selling , they will earn even more.

    Prices have to be tailored to the standard of livings of the people, something Mc Donald is doing very successfully. That is why Big Mac prices can be used as an index to gauge the standard of living of a country.

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  6. monsterball
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 17:46:50

    You got it Doc!!

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  7. Kenny
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 17:50:29

    The only way to censor the the Internet with some degree of effectiveness is by very expensive Internet filters which Iran is doing. This highly advanced hardware can interrogate every data package to search for keywords. It can be programmed to block data with certain keywords like “Najib” and “Altantuya” occuring together. However this will slow down internet traffic.

    China tried to install internet filtering with their Green Dam proposal but backed down after protests. An earlier proposal to install mandatory censorship software in every PC on the pretext of blocking porn was also abandoned. When the software was dissected it was found to contain 3 times more political words than porn words.

    An attempt was made to by Malaysia to install internet filter after the 2008 general election. Tenders were already called by MCMC. When this was exposed MCMC cancelled the tender and claimed lamely that tender was for gathering statistics although the specifications clearly indicate an internet filter.

    It is not beyond BN to ride roughshod over public objections and install internet filtering in future. They have already tried it once and may try again. The pretext will be of course to block porn and piracy so “we are not censoring the internet.”

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  8. Nick
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 21:24:18

    Missing the point is the motto of the present Govt. The same thing happen when queried about the IPP subsidies, the increase of electricity rate, “rationalization”(???) of sugar prices and best of all “rakyat need to change their lifestyles to accommodate basic commodities price increases”. The govt always answers with unintelligible facts and stupid rhetoric (ridiculous and made up facst, muddled with fictitious and otherworldly rhetoric). But then again we have cabinet full of minister who belongs in the black and white TV era. What do you expect?

    Nick.

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  9. monsterball
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 08:39:09

    They are really and seriously out to block sex…movies and music.
    But that is to protect DVD pirates business going bankcrupt.
    Remember…for 40 years the Govt “catches” DVD pirates….on my hand….and on the other..close both eyes..and let priated DVD of all kinds flourishes.
    The monthly side income of thousands of policemen…are at stake and these are loyal UMNO B voters.
    They usually give warnings they are raiding…and so DVD shops are closed until all are gone.
    It is a side show …..going on for decades.
    But now…Internet free sex movies…free music….free films….are killing DVD pirators businesses.
    So the seriouness to catch and contain Internet pirate products by Rais Yatim…is real…but the intentions are evil and cunning..

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  10. petestop
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 14:40:41

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387108,00.asp

    Great, the only time Malaysia got mentioned on PC Magazine, it is regarding the stupidity demonstrated by the Malaysian government.

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  11. klm
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 16:31:05

    Talking of DVD pirates. This business is actually controlled by a few individuals who owned the machinery that produced the pirated disks. The people selling them just work for these bosses. Guess who are the bosses? Some Datuks and Tan Sris. Need I say more.

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  12. monsterball
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 21:20:38

    DVD priate producers…importer or retailers are all private owned…and mostly Chinese businessmen.
    Nothing to do with politicians.
    The fact that thousands of police officers in plain clothes dare to ask for bribes monthly for decades…shows that the corrupted government accepts the show to catch and release with small fines..and shops are mostly closed before any arrest …for decades.
    The present action is indirectly helping the police officers to keep DVD shops alive…and keep collecting their side income. These are loyal UMNO B voters.
    And it is a fact…most survived to sell blue films and pirated movies…even before shown in cinema halls.
    There is no such thing Datuks or Tan Sris involved.
    It is purely private owned…mostly Malaysian Chinese.
    You thnk the police dare to collect bribes….from these shops that are owned by their bossses or friends to their Commanders?

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  13. chabalang
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 21:59:32

    Ha, MCMC is not that wrong – little impact because ….hardly anyone uses the Govt. websites, so little/no impact -> does not make any difference to most Netizens.

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  14. rtee
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 11:17:41

    I beleive mst of the vices in the city are controlled by the so-called 4 heavenly kings… Some of them are Datuks, and some of their associates, who may be legitimate businessmen, have titles as high as Tan Sris. I know one william C***g who is associated with the boss who opened a chain of restaurants in KL and PJ, and this boss was the one who went in to Simpang Rengam and came out as depicted by RPK…Some of his PA s have held high positions even in certain NGOs.

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  15. monsterball
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 18:11:49

    International football bookies requires at least RM100 million per game…is a big time vice that appeals to filthy rich …who have cronies to be upfront men.. without their names involved.
    In Thailand and Indonesia….huge night clubs…massage parlours are mostly owned by filthy rich politicians.
    In Malaysia…our corrupt politicians love gambling and sex like Arabs.

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  16. mmc
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 10:48:41

    who knows? this hacking is initiated by corrupts in BN. appoint MCA to work on security to protect all govt websites. A cool RM10m per website? how about that MCA? you must be drooling for the piece of job. btw, I can understand facebook page of Tourism is more expensive than individual piece. just one question. when was the last time MCA did a job within market price?

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  17. monsterball
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 12:25:58

    In China….Yen Yen will have been hanged or shot dead….cheating the people.

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  18. Kenny
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 12:28:51

    In a public outcry of this sort, the company awarded the contract will quickly come forward and clarify if everything is aboveboard. They would detail their scope of works and give a breakdown of where the money is being spent. The fact that Impact Creations has kept a stony silence shows that there is something shady going on with Yen Yen and her crony company. Maybe the RM1.8 million price tag is indefensible. Their silence means that a negative inference can be drawn.

    Surf to http://www.impactcreations.com.my/ and you’ll see that this company’s website is still under construction. How did a company with no online presence and no track record win a RM30 million contract from the Ministry of Tourism for online campaigns? Not without a lot of help from the Tourist Minister!

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