As reported in our earlier article, the Internet industries regulator in Malaysia has ordered the country’s ISPs to block a range of file-sharing related sites.
In a memo dated May 30th, SKMM – the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission – listed several sites to be censored including Pirate Bay, MegaUpload, DepostFiles and PutLocker. The government of Malaysia had previously warned that the sites infringe copyright law.
Now, as they have done so many times in recent months, Anonymous have entered the controversy with the following statement announcing Operation Malaysia:
We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks. Malaysia is one of the world’s strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows. These acts of censorship are inexcusable. You are taking away a basic human right.
The internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference. Do not think that no one else notices. Your structured government has done the talking, and we hear loud and clear. Let this be an announcement to all your people. This is a sign, a warning, and an opportunity to listen to ideas above your own. In a way you are being stubborn. But how will this help anyone or your country?
We fear that if you make further decisions to take away human freedom. We are obligated to act fast and have no mercy. For rules were meant to be broken. And corruption was meant to be washed away and forgiven. Now we will wash your corruption away so be prepared. Take this as a favor.
Operation Malaysia appears to have only one target – the Malaysia.gov.my website
These are turbulent times for the loose-knit group. Following the arrests of 3 individuals in Spain last week, Turkey has just arrested 32 alleged Anonymous members following attacks on government services there.
Yesterday Anonymous warned it was about to launch Operation Empire State Rebellion against the US Federal Reserve, a particularly sensitive and perhaps dangerous target even by Anonymous’ standards.