NSC: Cyber war is a crime

The Star Online (17 March 2013)
By PATRICK LEE

PETALING JAYA: Waging cyber war, even if done in the name of Malaysia, is still a crime.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab (pic) said that Malaysia outlawed cyber attacks and that anyone caught doing so, would be punished.

“In Malaysia, cyber hacking is a criminal offense against the laws of the country, irrespective of whether the it has been committed by citizens or by foreigners,” he said.

Mohamed was referring to the three-day cyber war between Malaysian and Filipino hackers from Mac 1 to 4.

Malaysian hackers first attacked Filipino Government and private websites, hours after after Sulu gunmen and security forces clashed outside Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.

Filipino hackers responded in kind, and up to two hundred websites belonging to both countries were defaced before a “ceasefire” was called.

Mohamed said 36 local private websites were defaced, though he was mum about how many Government ones were affected.

He said that NSC alerted “critical agencies” as soon as the attacks started.

“None of these critical websites suffered any major problem,” he said, adding that Government sites were in the past, vulnerable to attacks.

Mohamed added that it was not easy to pinpoint the attacks, though he confirmed that neither Government was involved.

“We understand that the Philippine side suffered a bigger problem compared to the Malaysian side,” he said.

Mohamed said that it was up to the Attorney-General to take action against hackers, adding that locals could be tracked “eventually”, if not immediately.

“Tracking attackers from the Philippine side would require close cooperation with the authorities there,” he said.

Hackers can be charged under Section 4 of the Computer Crimes Act 1997, which carries a fine of not more than RM150,000, a jail term of not more than 10 years or both.

“Whether or not action will be taken against the perpetrators is another matter,” Mohamed said.

Hackers, he added, were getting more sophisticated, and that the Government was trying to keep up with the technology.

He said that there were systems in place for events like these, and that they were tested regularly.

Reference: http://www.cybersecurity.org.my/en/knowledge_bank/news/2013/main/detail/2273/index.html

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More Cyber Security Specialists Needed, Says Agency

Bernama (16 May 2013)

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) There is still room for improvement to beef up human capital development in the cyber security industry, said CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.

There are only 3,045 certified cyber security specialists in Malaysia, a ratio of 1 to 9,600 to the population.

“When it comes to cyber security, you need something extra. We have certification programmes to boost the competency of the professionals. It is a growing industry,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after announcing the Cyber Security Malaysia awards, conference and exhibition 2013 (CSM-ACE 2013) today.

“We recently had a memorandum of agreement with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, we launched the first Masters programme in Cyber Cecurity in this country.

“They are going to start classes next month,” he added.

Themed “Securing Cyberspace for Economic Growth”, CSM-ACE 2013 will be held on Nov 13-14 at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.

Amirudin said CSM-ACE 2013 is expected to draw 300 industry players including corporate leaders, chief information security officers, law enforcement officers and information security managers.

“This year, we add CyberSAFE Programme as one of the activities to focus on educating Malaysian internet users on the importance of cyber security and to inculcate positive use of the internet,” he said.

The CyberSAFE programme is a CyberSecurity Malaysia initiative to enhance public awareness of the technological and social issues facing internet users, particularly the dangers of getting online.

Reference: http://www.cybersecurity.org.my/en/knowledge_bank/news/2013/main/detail/2287/index.html

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Cyber Security – Protecting Your Personal Information

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Why is Cyber Security a Problem?

What is cyber security?

It seems that everything relies on computers and the internet now — communication (email, cellphones), entertainment (digital cable, mp3s), transportation (car engine systems, airplane navigation), shopping (online stores, credit cards), medicine (equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on computers? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer or on someone else’s system?

Cyber security involves protecting that information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks.

What are the risks?

There are many risks, some more serious than others. Among these dangers are viruses erasing your entire system, someone breaking into your system and altering files, someone using your computer to attack others, or someone stealing your credit card information and making unauthorized purchases. Unfortunately, there’s no 100% guarantee that even with the best precautions some of these things won’t happen to you, but there are steps you can take to minimize the chances.

What can you do?

The first step in protecting yourself is to recognize the risks and become familiar with some of the terminology associated with them.

  • Hacker, attacker, or intruder – These terms are applied to the people who seek to exploit weaknesses in software and computer systems for their own gain. Although their intentions are sometimes fairly benign and motivated solely by curiosity, their actions are typically in violation of the intended use of the systems they are exploiting. The results can range from mere mischief (creating a virus with no intentionally negative impact) to malicious activity (stealing or altering information).
  • Malicious code – Malicious code, sometimes called malware, is a broad category that includes any code that could be used to attack your computer. Malicious code can have the following characteristics:
    • It might require you to actually do something before it infects your computer. This action could be opening an email attachment or going to a particular web page.
    • Some forms propagate without user intervention and typically start by exploiting a software vulnerability. Once the victim computer has been infected, the malicious code will attempt to find and infect other computers. This code can also propagate via email, websites, or network-based software.
    • Some malicious code claims to be one thing while in fact doing something different behind the scenes. For example, a program that claims it will speed up your computer may actually be sending confidential information to a remote intruder.

    Viruses and worms are examples of malicious code.

  • Vulnerability – In most cases, vulnerabilities are caused by programming errors in software. Attackers might be able to take advantage of these errors to infect your computer, so it is important to apply updates or patches that address known vulnerabilities (see Understanding Patches for more information).

This series of cyber security tips will give you more information about how to recognize and protect yourself from attacks.

Link: http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-001

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