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Hackers goal Myanmar government sites in coup protest

YANGON: Hackers attacked military-run government websites in Myanmar today as a cyber war erupted after authorities shut down the internet for a fourth straight night.A group called Myanmar Hackers disrupted multiple government websites including the Central Bank, Myanmar Military’s propaganda page, state-run broadcaster MRTV, the Port Authority, Food and Drug Administration. The move comes a…

YANGON: Hackers attacked military-run government sites in Myanmar today for a cyber warfare erupted after police shut down the web for a fourth consecutive night.A group named Myanmar Hackers disrupted multiple government sites such as the Central Bank, Myanmar Military’s propaganda page, state-run broadcaster MRTV, the Port Authority, Food and Drug Administration. The move comes a day after tens of thousands of people rallied across the nation to protest against a military coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian authorities from power earlier this season. “We are fighting for justice in Myanmar,” the hacking team said on its Facebook page. “It is like mass protesting of people in front of government websites.” Cybersecurity expert Matt Warren from Australia’s RMIT University said it was likely the aim of the hacking was to generate publicity. “The sorts of attacks they would be undertaking are denial of service attacks or defacing websites which is called hacktivism,” he told AFP. “The impact will be potentially limited but what they are doing is raising awareness.” Another internet shutdown began in Myanmar at approximately 1am now (1830 GMT yesterday), according to NetBlocks, a Britain-based team which tracks net outages around the world.It said internet connectivity had fallen to just 21 percent of ordinary levels. — AFP
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