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Suspected ‘Messiah’ hacker charged in court in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 12, 2013
The 35-year-old was charged under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act for defacing the website of Ang Mo Kio Town Council last month.

The hacker who goes by the moniker 'The Messiah' was charged in the Subordinate Courts in Singapore today (12 November 2013).

James Raj Arokiasamy, 35, was charged under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act for defacing the website of Ang Mo Kio Town Council on 28 October 2013. He had allegedly added an image of Guy Fawkes mask and added a banner to the website. The banner contained the text "I have been to various sites and seen how they take the initiative to secure their systems. You have a brain & you have money. You had a choice. Don't blame external factors (Anonymous) for this hack. The Messiah ;)"

Raj is accused of committing the offence from a unit in Dorchester Apartment at Jalan Sri Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to The Straits Times. If found guilty, he could be fined up to S$10,000 (US$8,000) or jailed up to three years, or both.

Raj is also suspected to be responsible for the hacking attacks on the websites belonging to the People's Action Party Community Foundation (PCF) and City Harvest Church co-founder Sun Ho, said the Singapore Police Force in a statement.

According to Channel NewsAsia, the prosecution applied for Raj to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation as Raj told the police that he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline disorder and has suicidal tendencies.

Separately, Raj faces three drug charges committed in 2011. He had been on the run for the drug offences before he was arrested by the Royal Malaysia Police on 4 November 2013. He will face three counts of the offence of Consumption of Controlled Drugs under Section 8(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act. 

Attacks on the PMO and Istana website
Five other suspects were questioned on the alleged "hacking" of websites belonging to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Istana that happened last Friday (8 November 2013).

According to the police, investigations revealed that the suspects had exploited a vulnerability in the websites to display pages from other sources.

The five suspects, Singaporean men aged between 17 and 45, are currently assisting the police in their investigation.

The police added that the cases against Raj and the other five suspects are not related.


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