Google Malaysia hacked by Pakistani 'MadLeets'

Published: October 11, 2013
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“There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist." PHOTO: TECHCRUNCH

“There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist." PHOTO: TECHCRUNCH

KARACHI: Google’s Malaysian site — google.com.my — was hacked on October 11 by a Pakistani group called “Team Madleets”. The search site was off for several hours and the page listed a series of handles that was apparently the team’s doing.

The hackers gained access to the Malaysia Network Information Center and changed the DNS records of Google’s site to Madleets-controlled servers, Techcrunch, a news website focused on information technology companies, reported.

The stamp at the top of the page stated “[!] Struck by 1337”. The number is supposedly one of the hackers of the group who has recently hacked domain registrars of several countries.

The “Team Madleets” had posted on their Facebook page saying “We feel we need to alert anyone, that we don’t hack any country tlds for example google.com.my as a result of any kind of hate, We don’t hate anyone, We love all humanity, there is no obvious reason for stamping the tlds. Least the reason is not any kind of hate. Whatever the reason is we can’t explain except we love all of you. Regard’s H4x0rL1f3.”

According to the page “MadLeets is a Ethical and 1337 White Hat Hackers Community. We are Anti Hackers , we teach how to protect yourself from getting hacked.”

Techcrunch, , stated, “If the reasoning on the team’s Facebook page is accurate, then this is simply a matter of doing it because they can and not to make a political statement.”

Techcrunch added “One possible motivation for the group taking action now, if it is indeed not simply ‘exposing vulnerabilities’ would be the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, which will be attended by Secretary of State John Kerry in lieu of President Barack Obama.”

TechCrunch tried to contact the hackers and received the following reply “There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever, as you have already stated. Regards, LeeT.”

Google Malaysia was also hacked back in July, along with several other Malaysian sites, by a group protesting the treatment of Bangladeshi workers in that country.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • I am a Khan
    Oct 11, 2013 - 3:29PM

    mean hackers…they are giving pakistan a further bad name..using your country or your religion’s name when doing something bad is the most terrible thing to do :( Pakistanis are mean, that’s why Pakistan is in such a state today!

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  • Shabash
    Oct 11, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Lage raho sab issi main! Instead of working for Pakistan, everyone of us is trying to defame our very own country! Instead of putting in efforts for something productive, we feel pride in defacing some internet site.

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  • To the haters
    Oct 11, 2013 - 9:07PM

    When they clearly mentioned that they are “white hats” means they are helpers not some mess creators. If they wanted to defame Pakistan they would have stolen alot of money by now. I have been tracking their career for months. They never do it for money. They have hacked many websites of Banks too just to let them know that banks need to have secure website because now a days many people use e-banking facility and thus put their complete trust in banks. And in return what banks do?? charge extra for e-banking facilities n never invest that money to secure their online transaction systems.

    So, what they r doing is very friendly gesture of warning website owners to secure their websites. n if u gonna hate them than please do so because u can never think better or positive.

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  • Muhammad Suleman
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:08AM

    Believe it or not….they r INdians..to defame Pakistan

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