FAM website hacked, Vietnamese attackers suspected

A Vietnamese fan wipes blood on his head after scuffles between fans at the Suzuki Cup semi-final between Vietnam and Malaysia at the Shah Alam stadium, December 7, 2014. — Reuters pic
A Vietnamese fan wipes blood on his head after scuffles between fans at the Suzuki Cup semi-final between Vietnam and Malaysia at the Shah Alam stadium, December 7, 2014. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR,  Dec 8 — The website of the Football Association of Malaysia was hacked today and defaced with messages referencing the reported violence between fans during last night’s AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam.

While in control of the FAM site, the attackers had posted the following message: “Bọn nó Chơi xấu quá ......Tất cả hacker vn đồng loạt ddos vào các trang webmalaysia ... Kymljnk sẽ cho cả hệ thống internet malaysia sập 1 ngày ..Dr-ddos tes ( google,yahoo, Twitter , Amazone , Mircosoft ,NTP,.... attack internet Malaysia ) =>>

Using an online translation service, the message in Vietnamese reads: “They play it too bad ...... All VN hacker ddos simultaneously on the page webmalaysia ... Kymljnk system will collapse one day ..Dr malaysia internet-ddos tes (google, yahoo, Twitter, Amazone, Mircosoft, NTP, internet attack .... Malaysia) = >>“

One sentence in English said “bad play fans Malaysia”.

The website has since been taken offline by its web administrators.

The online attack was also announced on FAM’s Facebook, which also carried an apology for the alleged violence at the incident last night.

“FAM apologises profusely to our Vietnamese guests, and would like to assure all parties that we are working closely with the relevant authorities. Further information will be shared accordingly. FAM condemns hooliganism in football. LOVE FOOTBALL, STOP HOOLIGANISM,” said the statement.

The match between Malaysia and Vietnam yesterday descended into violence after Malaysian fans, irate at their team’s 2-1 defeat, began hurling bottles at Vietnamese fans in the stand.

The provocation led to an altercation between the two sections and reported injuries.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had also apologised on his Facebook page after he personally witnessed some home fans attacking Vietnamese supporters during the match last night which ended in five arrests.

Last week, the Asian Football Confederation fined FAM US$10,000 (RM35,000) for the behaviour of Malaysian fans during a friendly against the Philippines in March.

This is not the first time the association website’s has been attacked.

In 2011, hackers attacked the FAM’s decision to increase the ticket prices for the Malaysia Cup finals. A year later, the website was again hacked and made to display videos and polls calling for FAM’s top leaders to resign.

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