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‘The Messiah’ breaks into Straits Times blog

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 1, 2013
The hacker, claiming Anonymous membership, demands that reporter Irene Tham apologise for “misleading the people.”

A hacker, who goes by 'The Messiah' and claims to be a part of the Anonymous collective, today (November 1, 2013) hacked into a section of Singapore's national newspaper The Straits Times's website hosting the blog of reporter Irene Tham and posted the message- "Dear ST: You just got hacked for misleading the people!"

This incident comes days after the collective group purportedly posted a YouTube video threatening to attack the Singapore government.

The hacker said the attack was in response to a "misleading" report the national paper published today, titled "Government agencies on alert after hackers threaten attacks". In the report, Tham attributed the quote "we will be forced to go to war with you" to the YouTube video. The hacker accused Tham of having "conveniently modified the sentence [sic], 'War against the Singapore government' into 'War against Singapore'" in her report.

The hacker added that the reporter had "48 hours to make an apology to the citizens of Singapore for trying to mislead them with her hate. In the event she refuses to apologise, we expect her resignation. If those demands are met, we will be on our way."

According to a media statement by Singapore Press Holdings (publisher of The Straits Times), the affected blog has been taken down and a police report has been made.

Earlier this year, 'The Messiah' had hacked into a number of local websites, including that of the public institutions PAP Community Foundation (PCF) and the Ang Mo Kio Town Council, and that of beleaguered megachurch City Harvest and Sun Ho, wife of its founder and senior pastor.


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