Radio Free Malaysia launched tonight on MW 1359 kHz, however its online site, which was already under enormous pressure owing to widespread interest, came under immediate cyber-attack.
The Destributed Denial of Service attacks began at around the time the programme went on air and were presumably aiming at preventing people from downloading the online podcasts of the show. The effect was to slow down the operation of the site for would-be users.
Investigations show that the attacks originated from KL in Malaysia and bore a striking resemblance to similar attacks on the website Sarawak Report last week, which suffered attempts to bring the site down in the wake of the Global Witness film expose of Taib Mahmud, Inside Malaysia's Shadow State.
The attacks on Sarawak Report originated in Kuching and KL.
Founder of the new radio station Clare Rewcastle Brown said "BN politicians spend a lot of time talking about cyber-warfare and cyber-warriors as if they were a positive thing to be proud of. In fact cyber-warfare is all about cheating, deception and illegal activities such as hacking and DDS attacks. I struggle to understand why BN politicians think it is positive to associate themselves with such behaviour, but note that they seem to regard such cheating and misbehaviour as necessary"
The Station has nevertheless maintained its website and is able to report a reasonable broadcast quality for its new programme.