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Hackers take down Google's Malaysian homepage

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What if, one day, you woke up your computer only to find that Google wasn't there? It's the nightmare that greeted some Malaysians after hackers managed to redirect users toward a malicious page. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, company reps said that they were aware that some users were having trouble connecting to the site, and are working to resolve the problem.

Rather than compromising Google's service directly, it appears as if the hackers breached MYNIC, the Malaysia-based domain name service that runs addresses that end with .com.my. On the upside, this means that there's no risk that personal data could have been compromised, but it's still an inconvenience nevertheless.

If the page users were redirected to is to be believed, the hack was the work of Bangladeshi hacker TiGER-M@TE, who has previously hacked Google Bangladesh in 2011. Until the problem has been fixed, users are asked to visit Google via its no-country redirect site at google.com/ncr.

Coverage: The Independent
In this article: google, Hack, Hackers, Malaysia, Security
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