After Google Malaysia was hacked by Pakistani pranksters last week, it’s been rumoured that the next target will be the online banking site Maybank2u.com.my. The attack was meant to happen last night. A text message spread across Facebook and Whatsapp with the message:
“Salam..pastikan tiada yang buat transaction ataupun online banking sehingga isnin pagi ye…terima kasih.pastikan anda tahu baki akaun anda semua. Ada attack besar besaran mlm ni terutama maybank. Dari kawan TM Cite yg dbritakan olh kengkwan utk dkongsi Last week google kne hack oleh siapa xdktahui Jd pkhidmatan online spt traksaksi akaun o etc dnchatkan utk dkurangkan klu bly elak,elakkan dlu smentara.. Hacker dari pakistan yg hack google last week Ini maklumat yg diterima… copy paste dr whatapps IPK”
(Greetings…please be sure no online banking transaction is done until Monday morning. Thank you. Make sure you know your account balance. There will be a major attack tonight especially on Maybank. Friends from TM said told told me the recent attack on Google website may trigger this attack. Avoid online transaction for a while. Pakistani hackers attacked Google last week. Message from PDRM)
It all turned out to be a hoax. CyberSecurity Malaysia has given assurance that the Internet in Malaysia is safe and there have been no Internet Security sites that have issued any alerts about a possible hacking threat. As stated on Maybank’s Facebook page:
We are aware of a hoax circulating on social media and messaging tools (i.e. email, SMS, WhatsApp, etc) regarding hacking attempts on Maybank2u. Please be assured that Maybank2u is secure and under constant monitoring. Please share this with your family and friends. Thank you.
While it’s good to know that Maybank is keeping their site secure, it’s still important to play it safe at all times. Ensure your accounts are protected with a strong password, keep track of your money and do not divulge your account information to anyone, anywhere.