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Hackers target Myanmar Government websites

India, US put pressure on Myanmar Generals
A protester offers flowers and kneels on a road before a Police officer in Mandalay, Myanmar as protests in Myanmar against the military coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government from power have grown in recent days.
A protester offers flowers and kneels on a road before a Police officer in Mandalay, Myanmar as protests in Myanmar against the military coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government from power have grown in recent days.

MYANMAR: Hackers attacked military-run Government websites in Myanmar Thursday as a cyber war erupted after authorities shut down the internet for a fourth straight night.

A group called Myanmar Hackers disrupted multiple government websites including the Central Bank, Myanmar Military's propaganda page, state-run broadcaster MRTV, the Port Authority, Food and Drug Administration.

Meanwhile, A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as international pressure grows on the generals who seized power.

A rally on February 9 in 's capital Naypyidaw turned violent when police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators, though doctors at the hospital later told AFP that at least two people had been critically wounded by live rounds.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, who turned 20 last Thursday as she lay unconscious in a hospital bed, was shot in the head. A doctor confirmed her death Friday, adding that her body will be examined.

Thousands of people rallied across the country to protest against a military coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian Government from power earlier this month.

"We are fighting for justice in Myanmar," the hacking group said on its Facebook page.

"It is like mass protesting of people in front of government websites."

Cybersecurity expert Matt Warren from Australia's RMIT University said it was likely the aim of the hacking was to generate publicity. "The sorts of attacks they would be undertaking are denial of service attacks or defacing websites which is called hacktivism," he told AFP. - AFP