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Hackers target Google Malaysia homepage in DNS attack

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Internet users complained they could not access the Google Malaysia website on Tuesday as they were redirected to a webpage with a black background and white, red and yellow text saying “Google Malaysia Hacked by Tiger-Mate. #Bangladeshi Hacker.”

Acknowledging the issue, Google Malaysia’s corporate and communications chief Zeffri Yusof said the website has not been hacked, rather the incident was likely a repeat of the DNS attack that had occurred at least twice before.

“I do not think it is hack, it is more likely to be DNS redirection. This happened, if you remember, back in 2011 and 2013. So, it is quite a regular occurrence,” Zeffri said.

He said that the company has reached out to MYNIC, the organization that manages the domain name, to resolve the issue. MYNIC is operated by Malaysia’s ministry of communications and multimedia, and is the administrator for all sites ending with “.my”.

Google has declined any compromise to its servers. Meanwhile, Google Malaysia has directed users to use an alternate address to access the service until the issue is resolved.

“Getting reports from users experiencing google.com.my DNS redirection. Please use google.com/ncr in the meantime,” Google Malaysia posted on Twitter.

The Malaysia Airlines website experienced a similar problem in January. However,the airline reassured its users that their bookings and private data had not been compromised.