The Maldives experienced a cyberattack over the weekend, resulting in the temporary unavailability of government websites including the President’s office, Foreign Ministry, and Tourism Ministry. Users experienced disruptions for several hours on Saturday night when attempting to access these sites.
Rumors suggest that the cyberattack is related to derogatory remarks made about India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi by three Maldives ministers. The President’s office released a statement attributing the downtime to technical issues and worked to restore website functionality.
The incident occurred amidst diplomatic tensions and former President Mohamed Nasheed condemned the derogatory remarks, emphasizing the need to maintain positive relations with international partners. Speculation arose regarding the motives of the cyberattack, with some suggesting Chinese hackers may have targeted the Maldives websites to discredit India.
Investigations into the attack are ongoing, and the Maldives government is expected to strengthen its cybersecurity infrastructure to prevent future incidents. It’s important to note that the information provided is for reference purposes only and users bear full responsibility for their reliance on it.