Two suspected members of Anonymous Malaysia Team have been remanded by police for attempting to launch cyber attacks against the government. This two suspects from Port Klang and Gopeng are suspected of being responsible for the threats issued against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as well as hacking systems related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
The unidentified individuals, aged 19 and 24, are believed to be part of Anonymous Malaysia Team; which is a splinter component of a group calling itself Anonymous Malaysia. While there has been no confirmation about the existence of Anonymous Malaysia, or any disagreements within the group, it was reported that two factions rose shortly after a video threatening a wave of cyberattacks against the government should the Prime Minister fail to step down.
It is believed that Anonymous Malaysia Team were of the opinion that taking an active role against the PM was part of the purpose of Anonymous. Despite this, there was no reported cyber attacks on the weekend of 29-31 August; which was when the threats were supposed to be carried out.
Deputy Director JSJK (Cyber and Multimedia Investigation) Bukit Aman, Senior Assistant Commissioner Kamarudin Md Din said that the individuals were identified with cooperation from the Cyber Security Malaysia and MCMC.
The two were reportedly picked up by police on Sunday and Monday under the Section 5 of the Computer Crime Act 1997, but are set to be released today. Police have also seized computers, hard drives and modems to assist in the investigation.
Kamarudin also said that these individuals have no relation to an earlier incident where three men were remanded for suspected links to Anonymous. It was believe that the three men from Johor were involved with an unrelated hacking of the PDRM Facebook page.
[Source: PDRM Facebook]