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Hati Waja. Tendangan Tanpa Bayang. Syahdan. Sompet. Nostalgia, nostalgia.

Teh Herd.

17 June 2011

Malaysia Gov Lift-Off Bans, and Why It's Bad : Post-Anonymous Attack

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Wow. Just WOW. Supposedly the sites that's been blocked by MCMC yesterday has been lifted off the ban hammer, in less than 24 hours.

Some of those sites that were banned by the MCMC
*** The event, in summary ***

The hacking 'group' Anonymous (Anon for short) posted warnings on several sites that they will attack Malaysia Gov Portal (www.malaysia.gov.my) for banning several file sharing sites (read : also WikiLeaks) yesterday at 3.30 AM local time. Forums and blogger around the Net reported that the site was inaccessible even a few hours before that, though I THINK that this was the result of having too many 'curious' Malaysians on trying to see the result of the hack, thus overloading the server even before the attack started. A few other hacking activist also decided to join the bandwagon by defacing several other gov websites (a total of 51) in the spirit of supporting Anon's action.

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Well, the attack on the MY Gov site has stopped and the site has been accessible, though in a kind of shitty way;

malaysia.gov.my : post Anon attack
We can praise the Lord that this attack has stopped and just pray that none of the sensitive info has leaked into the wrong hard disk drive. I'm in no doubt that some of you may rejoice that those bans has been lifted quickly and you can resume your downloading needs, but I can't help but feel a lil' bit disturbed on how things turned out as they were.

As I've stated in my previous post, I think that the gov decision on banning these sites as a way to "effectively combat piracy" seems very childish. Tun Dr. Mahathir (a man that I respect very well to this very day) promised that there wouldn't be any kind of censoring on the Internet before, but it doesn't look like the gov is keeping its promise now. If the action of banning those sites was childish, the action of lifting such bans is cowardice. Now now, before you decide to form a mob of pitchforks and torches and burning my house, I would like you to read what I've to say first.

On what grounds does the gov have that justify their action? Lifting those bans only after sites have been attacked by hackers made it looks like the gov is giving in to cyber terrorism and petty threats. There has been protests by citizens to let out their voice on this matter a few days before, and I certainly (emphasize on the 'I') didn't see or have come to know that the gov has given out a statement that they will reconsider their controversial decision. What we get that those sites were blocked by the ISPs around 8.00 AM yesterday. And the result is as you see it, Anon and other hackers retaliated.

Points to take note :

  • The gov is showing a sign of weakness by lifting the bans. It's almost like they're willing to give in to threats by low life scums. Considering certain events that has been happening in this country these past years, I wouldn't say it's too far off. They should have just manned up by sticking to the decision, made or listen to the public 's voice before taking such action again.
  • It shows that even the official gov sites are very hackable indeed. These hackers just need a motivation to support their action and now they have it. They better fix those security loopholes before subsequent attacks emerge. Our national security is very much at stake here.
  • The gov should consider other ways of combating piracy. One good alternative is to consider taking  Apple's way of offering deals in offering low prices of individual songs ($0.99). Maybe the gov can find a middle road on imposing such method instead of just trying to hunt and shut down every source of piracy.
Let's just hope that we all have learned a very valuable (not to mention tough) lessons here, and I certainly do not condone subsequent attempt on attacking my country virtually. It's just that this time it deem to be necessary.

16 June 2011

Anonymous Vs the Malaysian Government

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First of all, I'm going to make this clear. It's gonna be one heck of a loooooooong post with terms that some of you may not be familiar with. But I'll make sure to explain some of the words that may cause confusions along the way using layman terms. Some part of this article may have wrong information in them, but I tried to stay close to facts as possible.

***Several sites have been hacked prior to the publishing of this post*** 
 *** edit : Nope, they aren't hack by Anon. It's by a Malaysia hacking group joining in the bandwagon ***


The mastermind


We Are Anonymous.
We Are Legion.
We Do Not Forgive.
We Do Not Forget.
Expect Us.

The warning (Operation Malaysia Eclipse)



Greetings, Malaysia, We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks. Malaysia is one of the world's strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows. These acts of censorship are inexcusable. You are taking away a basic human right. The internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference. Do not think that no one else notices. Your structured government has done the talking, and we hear loud and clear. Let this be an announcement to all your people. This is a sign, a warning, and an opportunity to listen to ideas above your own. In a way you are being stubborn. But how will this help anyone or your country. We fear that if you make further decisions to take away human freedom. We are obligated to act fast and have no mercy. For rules were meant to be broken. And corruption was meant to be washed away and forgiven. Now we will wash your corruption away so be prepared. Take this as a favour.

The rebuttal

Malaysia's Information Minister Rais Yatim said that Anonymous had "misunderstood realities of the day", adding the move to ban the sites were meant to censor cyber crimes. - source

The backstory, Operation SONY

***You may skip this part if you feel like it as this part details on a past raid of Anonymous, namely their raid of SONY, though you might miss certain information***

Anonymous; they're a hacking 'group' that is decentralized, which means no one stays on top of the power chain though they do follow certain ethics. Anyone that breed anonymity can claim as a member, so basically it is impossible for you to hunt down the whole 'group'. Recently, they've threatened to launch an attack at the Malaysian Government for censoring WikiLeaks and several file sharing sites.

I wouldn't say that I'm 'unfamiliar' with them before, as I've followed pretty closely on a pretty controversial raid of them against the gigantic electronics manufacturer SONY, during April and May 2011. The whole situation started when SONY remove the OtherOS feature from it's PlayStation3 Entertainment System (PS3), a feature that what heavily advertised in the PS3 commercial that allows user to install another operating system (Linux) on the hardware. SONY said this it's a reaction to an event where a user called GeoHotz has found a way to jailbreak the PS3 [jailbraking : the process that enables user to run homebrew software on their device, as oposed than the ones made by the hardware manufacturer] which 'unintentionally' allows user to play back-up/pirated copies of games on the PS3. SONY tries to sue GeoHotz in the court for his action of posting the system security keys on the Net which allows user to gain direct access to the PS3 hardware, which lead to said pirating potential.

Anonymous reacted to the situation by threatening to attack SONY's PlayStation Network (PSN) if they didn't drop the case against GeoHotz, stating specifically the time of attack, just like this one (the Malaysian Government case). SONY had plenty of time to react and beef up their security thanks to the courtesy of Anonymous letting them know beforehand. But of course, SONY didn't drop the case, which lead to Anonymous launching a DDoS at the PSN that leads to a period where PSN users couldn't access the network for a short period of time. Anonymous however discontinued their action as they were received negatively by the public. Where they claim to be an 'ally and voice' and were fighting for their rights, the public thinks that they aren't punishing SONY but rather them instead. Only after that did SONY settled the case outside of the court.

A few weeks later, SONY's network was attack once again, but this time, Anonymous didn't claim responsibility. Rather, another hacking group (which maybe a splinter of Anonymous) called 'Lulzsec' claims the prize. Their network was down for almost a month, and MILLIONS of sensitive user information such as credit card numbers were compromised, and some even posted on the Net. It took SONY several days to investigate how much portion of data was compromised before noting the public. SONY estimated a lost of $171M due to the attack.

The interesting part :

There have been rumors circulating around that Lulzsec has found a way to breach the entrance to the PlaySation Network due to intels that they get from Anonymous during their attack. How far is this true I can't say for sure, but this shows that even a simple DDoS attack can lead to another big one. As opposed to Anonymous motto where they 'fight for the people', Lulzsec, as the name implies, only do this for fun. If somehow Anonymous' attack exposed the weakness in Malaysian Government networks, some other individuals might take a stab at the network, even just for fun.

My THOUGHTS

On the Malaysian Gov. action :

In my HONEST opinion, it's kind of brash, and to a certain degree, childish. Malaysia has a notorious past of becoming one of the biggest haven for pirates. For years have the government tries to find a way to combat piracy effectively but none really came close. Censoring these kind of sites won't be the ideal solution.

My reasoning :

It's technology, they're man made. No security is PERFECT Even if they block these sites, people are still going to find a way to bypass the block.

One situation I'd noted during the past years is the decreasing number of pirates on the streets. The number of people buying pirated movies/software has GREATLY decreased (this coming from a guy whose neighbor are pirates that uses their house as a base of their illegal activity). Before, customers flock to them, now, they have to go out and find customers themselves (Direct selling style. Yeah, who would've imagined). One cause that leads to this situation is that people (mostly students) downloaded movies/warez themselves now.

Can you guess what would happen if they couldn't do this anymore? They will have to resort back to buying copies off the streets, which may encourage..........? Yup, you guessed it. You forcefully shut a hole, there will be another one opening right next to it.

Why they shouldn't have done it (the gov.) :

People retaliate. And when hackers do, you know you are in for a shitstorm. It's a lose-lose situation, you are putting your citizen sensitive information at stake.

Why I'm AGAINST Anonymous :

Even if they claimed to be with us, I've seen what happened during their raid at SONY. I'm not going to be happy if my personal information was posted publicly on the Net, which may lead to identity theft.

Why I'm WITH Anonymous :

Admit it, the government had always acted rashly to certain situations, and this is one of them. Even though I'm sad to admit it, I think the government has to be taught a lesson. You can't forcefully control the flow of information. I paid the gourd-damn bills for using my line, I shouldn't be restricted to which sites I'm going.

The "For Now"

I'm sorry but I have to say, "Anonymous, go for it". Let's just sit back and enjoy the show for now, and I'll write more about this later (when more sites have been hacked).

12 June 2011

Nooooooooooooooo.com

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I DARE any of you to click my blog header/post title.
Joke ends until I say so.

Stalkers.

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Pfft. I still know who stalked my blog although you try to hide your location. It's the age of technology, for pete's sake.



Spoofed. But I still KNOW who you are.

02 June 2011

Ignorant.

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And I'm doing it blissfully.



 

Is what I said ^^^^^^^

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. God, I feel smart!

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Wiki it. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD for short, is basically having your jaw stuck from either closing or opening. Thank God I only suffer from opening, couldn't imagine having my jaw refuse from closing. I'm going to be looking like a goldfish  constantly gasping for air.

Urghh, I've first experienced it around 17 years old. It is like a family tradition, as some of my immediate family members had also experienced it. And here I am writing this post while having my jaw stuck since early February. That's about 3 months of constant pain every time I tried to open my mouth and tries to bite my food. I also feel like and idiot because only now do I have the smarts to actually google it after months of suffering. The title of this post is just my sarcasm kicking in, nothing more.

Now the best part, TMD, as I've found out after MINUTES of googling around the Net, is UN-CURABLE (at least by traditional medical practice) and may be PERMANENT. Even a surgery might not help. And now let us commence weeping for the rest of my life. There has been few methods advised, and some people has claimed that they work. Those methods involve into relaxing the jaw muscles so that the joints naturally clicks back into their original position. I've yet to try them, but by God I hope they work. Couldn't stand the pain any longer as one of its side effects is migraine... not margarine you idiot. Sorry, just have to let that one out.

Hey if you notice your jaws started to make funny noises whenever you open or close them, I advise that you go to an orthodontist and have them check. Trust me, you'll be thanking me if you know the pain it brings if you didn't have it fixed sooner. Freaking hurts. As in, ouch.