Hackers wreak havoc on Malaysian gov't websites

June 15, 2011 - 11:59 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hackers have disrupted dozens of Malaysian state-linked websites to protest a government crackdown on entertainment piracy.

Malaysia's communications regulator says 51 websites have suffered cyber-attacks since around midnight Thursday. Some of them were inaccessible for hours, but officials indicated that no confidential data was compromised.

The assaults come after a notorious network of international hackers who call themselves "Anonymous" threatened to batter Malaysia's digital defenses this week. It was not clear how many of Thursday's attacks were orchestrated by "Anonymous."

The loose-knit group has slammed Malaysian authorities for trying to block access to 10 file-sharing websites often used to illegally download movies, TV shows and music.