Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Disaster website hacked

Disaster website hacked

A screenshot shows the National Committee for Disaster Management website after it was hacked yesterday.
A screenshot shows the National Committee for Disaster Management website after it was hacked yesterday.

Disaster website hacked

A hacker that goes by the name of Sul6aN has claimed responsibility for disrupting the National Committee for Disaster Management’s website, which was down yesterday.

NCDM officials adamantly denied that they had been hacked, however, despite the fact that the government agency’s site had been reduced to a single black page with white text that reads, “hacked by Sul6aN”.

“Our department needed to reset all the programming of our website because it’s not running well,” said Nhim Vanda, vice president of NCDM. “About one or two weeks from now we will have completely rebuilt the website.”

Vanda could not explain why the committee’s homepage had Arabic verse across it, or why the site states it has been “hunted and hacked”.

The attack follows a spate of recent cyber-crimes targeting government websites.

In September, the international “hacktivist" group Anonymous launched a campaign against Cambodia’s government websites, claiming responsibility for taking down the websites of the Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit, the Council of Legal and Judicial Reform, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

“The number of cyber-attacks to Cambodia is currently on the raise,” said Ou Phannarith, head of the Cambodia Computer Emergency Response Team, adding that he did not know anything about the NCDM’s website.

Phannarith is also a member of the working group responsible for drafting Cambodia’s first cyber-crimes law.

“At the present time we do not have any cyberspace laws,” government spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday.

“But cyber-crimes are still considered illegal in Cambodia and can be prosecuted under existing laws on blackmail or stolen electronic property.”

According to an independent digital security consultant, protecting a website, particularly one frequently targeted by malicious attempts to steal confidential information or plant malware, is complicated.

“There’s a lot that goes in to protecting a system,” said Muth Vioeha, manager of IT consulting firm CambodiaSoft.

“In general, we can say these [government] websites are not very secure.”

Officials at the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Information did not respond to repeated requests for comment yesterday.



  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all