After several nationwide raids yesterday, police arrested 11 men believed to be a part of the group Anonymous Malaysia, a hacker group that has threatened to bring down government websites.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the investigation found one of the suspects was the administrator for the Anonymous Malaysia Facebook page.
“The arrests were made following threats by the group to hack government computer systems over the past few years and so far, six police reports have been received nationwide,” he was quoted saying by Harian Metro.
The men were arrested in raids carried out in Pahang, Johor, Perak and the Klang Valley. Commenting further, Acryl Sani said all the men, aged between 20 t0 40, were suspected of carrying out organised cyberattacks on government and private websites.
Acryl Sani said police are still conducting further investigations to identify the remaining suspects of the hacker group, adding that the group might have already hacked around 17 websites.
Based on the information obtained, the suspects were also allegedly involved in hacking systems belonging to the Johor and Sabah states, as well as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).