The United Nation (UN)’s Maldives website has been defaced by internet ‘hacktivists’ Anonymous.
Maldives Anonymous, who claimed responsibility for the hack, posted a large image on the UN homepage stating that the group had exposed the website’s weak security.
“You have been hacked. We are here. Your security is zero. System is pwned and owned by Anonymous.MV404,” the message reads. “Don’t hate me for this. Your security made me do this.”
A post on Anonymous Maldives’ Facebook page, calls for the UN to “update its security” following the attack.
Anonymous is a loosely associated international group of hackers that claims to strongly oppose internet censorship and surveillance.
Formed in 2003, the group has hacked into a number of government computer systems across the world.
The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has confirmed that its website was hacked last night by an unknown attacker.
Major Abdul Raheem today confirmed that the MNDF was made aware of an attack this morning after checking its website.
”Currently our website is down, and we are trying to fix it,” he said. ”so far, he have not been able to identify any person related to the case but we are investigating.”
Cyber Crime has become a growing concern to Maldivian authorities of late; especially in terms of the number of minors thought to be involved in practices like hacking.
Earlier this year, Dhiraagu become the latest high profile victim of Maldivian cyber crime after facing continued attacks on its servers.
The Maldives Police Service arrested four individuals suspected of involvement with the January attacks after conducting special operations at addresses both in Male’ and Addu Atoll.
Three of the suspects then arrested were confirmed to be under 18 years of age.
Police said at the time that the country has undergone a number of attacks on both its own and government websites in the last twelve months, which has led to specially trained officers focusing on trying to prevent criminal activity online.
“In previous cases [of cyber crime] we have found it is young people and teenagers that have been involved,” Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam recently told Minivan News. “They often do not demand any reward or payment for the crime, but commit them out of their own interest and amusement.
”It is challenging, because we are treating cyber crime very seriously,” he added. “We are hoping that new regulations will be passed to help prosecute in the future.”