Anonymous' planned cyberattack against a government website in Malaysia appears to have come earlier than expected.
Anonymous announced earlier this week that it was planning to attack www.malaysia.gov.my, a website that includes government information and links to "various ministries and state-run services," the Sacramento Bee reported. The website, the Sacramento Bee said, holds no confidential or sensitive data.
The coordinated cyberattack, called "Operation Malaysia," was set for tomorrow (June 16) at 3:30 a.m. Malaysian time, (today at 3:30 p.m. EDT). "Operation Malaysia" is Anonymous' online retaliation for the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission's recent ban on 10 file-sharing websites, Yahoo News reported.
But it appears Anonymous may have struck early.
Around 12:00 p.m. EDT today (June 15), www.malaysia.gov.my became unresponsive, most likely due to a due to a denial-of-service attack.
This has been an explosive week for Anonymous and its international hacktivist members.
On Monday (June 13), Turkish police arrested 32 people suspected of taking part in Anonymous-led attacks on government websites. And last Friday (June 10), cops in Spain busted three Anonymous members believed to be behind attacks against Spain's Central Electoral Board, Sony's PlayStation Store website and government sites in Egypt, Chile, Algeria and Iran.
And on Saturday (June 11), Anonymous announced that it would launch coordinated cyberattacks against the U.S. Federal Reserve.