Hackers Edit Wikipedia Page to describe Malaysian State ‘Sabah’ as Filipino Sultanate

We have heard about hacking into each other’s cyber territories but editing Wikipedia pages to send you message to the world was never a part of cyber war. 

Philippines vs Malaysia

In a recent attack by hackers from Phillipines, the details  about “Sabah” were edited and the state was described as being “part of the Sultanate of Sulu”.

Sabah is one of the 13 member states of Malaysia while Sulu is an autonomous island province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Malaysian website The Star reports that results from a Google search on the word “Sabah” at press time yesterday revealed a preview to the Wikipedia page which states:

“Sabah is illegitimately considered one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, and is said to be its easternmost state but in fact, it is part of the Sultanate of Sulu. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo.”

When contacted the Google, the spokesman said that results, came from its Knowledge Graph, which is an index of hundreds of millions of real-world entities including open sources like Wikipedia.

“When a user searches for a query, our algorithm takes information from the Knowledge Graph and presents it in the panel.

“We want to make sure the information we provide is as accurate as possible, so we’ve included a link so you can tell us when we may have an inaccuracy in our information,”

The Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the country is now investigating the incident. 

The two countries are currently at war over territory dispute.


Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.