Google Malaysia website ‘hacked’; rep says DNS redirection

A screenshot of the ‘hacked’ Google Malaysia’s website.
A screenshot of the ‘hacked’ Google Malaysia’s website.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 -- Visitors to Google Malaysia’s website today were greeted with a black page proclaiming that it has been “hacked!”, but a local representative of the search giant said it was likely a case of a domain name system (DNS) attack.

The altered page began appearing briefly this morning and continued to appear intermittently, claiming to be the work of a “Bangladeshi hacker” calling himself “[email protected]”.

But Google Malaysia’s corporate and communications chief Zeffri Yusof said the website has not been compromised, and the incident was likely a repeat of the DNS attack that had occurred at least twice before.

“I do not think it is hack, it is more likely to be DNS redirection. This happened, if you remember, back in 2011 and 2013. So, it is quite a regular occurrence,” Zeffri said.

“However, I may want to clarify with MYNIC (Berhad), our domain registrar.”

Malay Mail Online’s attempts to contact MyNIC for clarification have not been answered.

Google has since directed users to use an alternate address as a precaution.

“Getting reports from users experiencing DNS redirection. Please use in the meantime,” Google Malaysia posted on Twitter.

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