Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Raj Arokiasamy alleged hacker "The Messiah" charged

I have just seen this in the news: 35-year-old Singaporean James Raj Arokiasamy has been charged under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act for carrying out suspected hack attacks. James Raj Arokiasamy is, according to the news, is the alleged hacker who goes by the moniker "The Messiah". He was charged in court on Tuesday for hacking into the website of Ang Mo Kio Town Council on Oct 28.

He was arrested in a Kuala Lumpur apartment by Malaysian Police after a tip-off from Singapore Police. Raj Arokiasamy is also believed to be involved in other cyber intrusions including that of The Straits Times’ blog site and the People’s Action Party Community Foundation and City Harvest Church’s co-founder Sun Ho’s websites. He was brought back to Singapore and handed over to the police here on Nov 5.

Singapore newspaper Straits Times was hacked by ‘The Messiah’ from Anonymous Singapore collective which has happened just after the group has released (and later removed) a YouTube video in which they declared cyber war on the Singapore government if it does not stand down from an internet licensing framework that critics have said restricts freedom of speech.

It is not immediately known whether James Raj Arokiasamy charged for The Straits Times hacking.

According to SG Yahoo News, five men are being held for allegedly hacking the websites of Singapore's president and prime minister:

"Police said the five suspects are local men aged between 17 and 45.

Another Singaporean, 35-year-old James Raj, was charged in court earlier Tuesday with hacking a local council's website and posting an image of a Guy Fawkes mask, the international symbol of Anonymous.
Raj was charged with hacking into the website of the Ang Mo Kio town council, a district whose team of MPs representing it in parliament is led by Premier Lee, on October 28, and posting the image.

The hacking took place three days before a self-proclaimed spokesperson for Anonymous demanded in a video that Singapore scrap a law requiring news websites to obtain annual licences."
Source : Singapore questions suspects in hacking of PM, president websites

Singapore Police also released a statement saying that fifteen Singaporean "protesters", between 16 and 27 years old, "are currently assisting" in investigations into possible offences of organising and/or taking part in a public assembly without permit:

police said that a group of 12 men had gathered at the vicinity of City Hall MRT station on 5 November this year dressed in red or black. Three of them wore Guy Fawkes masks and a total fo 14 masks were found in their possession. Also on the same day, at about 10:15pm, two other men and a woman were seen with masks along Orchard Road.

"These 15 subjects had responded to online postings calling for 24-hour protests globally in support of a movement called the “Million Mask March” to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day on 5 November 2013," police said.
Source : 15 Singaporeans 'assisting' police over 'Million Mask March' assembly

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