Botnets in Malaysia election

During the general elections held on 9 May 2018 in Malaysia, some candidates from political parties such as Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan reported that they received repetitive ‘spam’ calls from both Malaysia and foreign countries, which they categorised as ‘cyberattacks’. The anonymous calls prevented the receivers from using their phones for communications. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement that initial investigations pointed to a ‘bot attack’, but did not identify the likely source of the attack.