Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) earlier today has temporarily shut down its official website after the site was defaced by an unknown party with statements in Vietnamese language. It appears that it was done in retaliation to the violent attack on Vietnamese supporters by a group of Malaysian fans that took place at Stadium Shah Alam last night.
According to Google Translate, this is how the statement reads in English:
“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, Amazon, Mircosoft, NTP, … . attack internet Malaysia”
FAM has acknowledged the incident through an official statement via its Facebook page but didn’t state the severity of the security breach. Truth be told though, the site doesn’t really have a good security record anyway since it has been hacked numerous times prior to today’s incident; the national football association’s website was previously breached in 2012, 2011, and 2010.
Meanwhile, the majority of Malaysian football fans have since condemned the unlawful attack which apparently ended with one Vietnamese fan being injured. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin has also released a statement regarding the incident.
Since there is always a possibility that a similar incident might take place against Malaysian fans in Hanoi where Harimau Malaya is scheduled to meet Vietnam once again for the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final later this week, do exercise caution if you are planning to travel there to support our fellow countrymen.