Suspected Singapore’s “The Messiah” Anonymous Hacker Caught and Charged In Court Today

Suspected "Messiah" hacker James Raj leaving the Subordinate Courts, Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong - TodayOnline
Suspected “Messiah” hacker James Raj leaving the Subordinate Courts, Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong – TodayOnline – source:

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The news reported that a Singaporean man, James Raj, aged 35 was caught in relation to the hackings of government websites by the Anonymous / The Messiah. James Raj, was separately charged today with causing unauthorized modifications of contents on the Ang Mo Kio municipal website by posting an image of a Guy Fawkes mask, symbol of the international hacker group Anonymous. Another five men were charged with vandalism for spraying slogans linked to Anonymous, including on the pavement outside a shopping mall on Nov. 5

Lawyer M Ravi speaks to reporters outside the Subordinate Courts on Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong - TodayOnline
Lawyer M Ravi speaks to reporters outside the Subordinate Courts on Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong – TodayOnline – source: http://live.todayonline.com/singapore/suspected-messiah-hacker-charged-court

It seems pretty interesting how story unfolds when you follow up where the Singapore government first denied any hacking took place and it was a maintenance routine to all the government websites. To add onto it, James Raj was denied bail and his lawyer was denied access to speak to him, as reported by Yahoo News SG.

M Ravi told Yahoo Singapore that he had been denied access to his client since Monday.

“My client faces serious violation of his constitutional rights of not only having access being denied to him yesterday but also the police denying him access to his counsels… I was denied access to speak to him for even five minutes [in court],” he said.

M Ravi added that he will “file an urgent application to the High Court to seek access to him” if the access is still not granted when court stands at 2:30pm.

 

I wonder where is transparency and what we all have to learn from this incident and the things that would be unfold.

Read for yourself and for you to judge or predict what is next to unfold – cheers!

 

From Bloomberg

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/man-in-singapore-charged-with-defacing-website-after-cyberattack.html

Singapore authorities are investigating five men suspected of hacking websites belonging to offices of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the president after charging another with defacing Lee’s town council portal.

“Police has since established the identities of five suspects, Singaporean men aged between 17 and 45,” the police said in a statement on its website today. The hacking of Lee’s office portal and the president’s Istana website appear to be unrelated, the police said.

Activist hacker group Anonymous is seen through the internet government website of Singapore Prime Minister Office circulated online on a smartphone in Singapore on November 7, 2013. Photographer: Roslan Rahman via AFP/Getty Images

A man watches a video uploaded on the YouTube website of a person in a Guy Fawkes mask threatening to bring down Singapore’s infrastructure to protest Internet regulations. Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

A 35-year-old Singaporean, James Raj, was separately charged today with causing unauthorized modifications of contents on the Ang Mo Kio municipal website by posting an image of a Guy Fawkes mask, symbol of the international hacker group Anonymous. Another five men were charged with vandalism for spraying slogans linked to Anonymous, including on the pavement outside a shopping mall on Nov. 5.

The charges follow cyber attacks earlier this month on websites across Southeast Asia for which Anonymous claimed responsibility. A week after Lee’s town council site was defaced allegedly by Raj, who signed off as The Messiah, the city state’s Internet regulator said subpages on the Prime Minister’s Office and the president’s websites were compromised.

“I can’t confirm if he’s linked to Anonymous or if he’s the Messiah at this stage,” Raj’s lawyer M. Ravi told reporters today.

Raj appeared in Singapore Subordinate Courts and didn’t enter a plea to the charge under the city’s computer misuse and cybersecurity laws. He faces a fine of as much as S$10,000 ($8,000) and a prison term of as much as three years, if convicted as a first-time offender.

Caning Penalty

Raj allegedly hacked into the website from an apartment in Kuala Lumpur, in neighboring Malaysia. He was also charged with illicit drug consumption and will be remanded for a psychiatric evaluation, according to prosecutors.

The five men, aged 21 to 26, who were charged with vandalism, also didn’t enter pleas and were granted bail of S$15,000 each. If convicted, the five could be fined as much as S$2,000 and/or jailed for as long as three years. They could also be caned three to eight times.

Anonymous Philippines said on Nov. 4 that it infiltrated 115 government websites ahead of a planned demonstration outside congress in Quezon City as part of a global “Million Mask March,” coinciding with Guy Fawkes Day in the U.K. The mask of Fawkes has become a symbol of the movement.

‘Technical Problems’

In Singapore, a website owned by the city’s biggest newspaper publisher, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. (SPH), was temporarily shut after being hacked on Nov. 1. A video uploaded on the YouTube website showed a person in a Guy Fawkes mask threatening to bring down Singapore’s infrastructure to protest Internet regulations.

The Singapore Press website, which is run by the Straits Times newspaper, faced “technical problems” earlier today because of vendor software and hardware issues, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Singapore government agencies were put on alert for possible attacks and boosted their cybersecurity after the threats.

Lee said in a Nov. 6 video posted on his People’s Action Party Facebook page that he took the threats “very seriously.”

“We will spare no effort to try and track down the culprits,” Lee said. “If we can find him, we will bring him to justice and he will be dealt with severely. You may think you’re anonymous but we will make that extra effort to find out who you are.”

The criminal cases are Public Prosecutor v James Raj s/o Arokiasamy, DAC043752/2013. Public Prosecutor v Muhammad Qamarul Arifin Bin Sa’adon et al, DAC800760-800775/2013. Singapore Subordinate Courts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Tan in Singapore at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at [email protected]

 

From Yahoo News Singapore

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/james-raj–35–charged-for-hacking-ang-mo-kio-town-council-website-034350228.html

A Singaporean man was charged on Tuesday with hacking the Ang Mo Kio town council website in October. James Raj , 35, was charged under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.

His lawyer M Ravi said that Raj was charged for defacing a portion of the Ang Mo Kio town council website, adding the image of the Guy Fawkes Mask, displaying a statement addressed to Member of Parliament Ang Hin Kee and signing off with the name “The Messiah”.

In various hacking incidents recently, the person behind them had signed off as “The Messiah” — in reality, the various hacks could possibly be the work of different individuals.

Wanted by CNB

A police statement released Tuesday said that the suspect was also wanted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for outstanding drug-related offences in Singapore. He was believed to be hiding in Kuala Lumpur.

“The Singapore Police and CNB worked very closely with the Royal Malaysia Police to track down the suspect in Malaysia and arrested him on 4 November 2013,” the statement said. He has been charged on 5 November for drug-related offences.

The Straits Times reported that Raj, whom police believe had acted in isolation, was also charged for hacking The Straits Times blogs, the PCF website and Sun Ho’s website.

Today reported that Raj had told the court that he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is currently taking medication, claims to be suicidal, suffering from hallucinations and seeing things flashing randomly. The report added that he is being remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for a psychiatric evaluation.

M Ravi told Yahoo Singapore that he had been denied access to his client since Monday.

“My client faces serious violation of his constitutional rights of not only having access being denied to him yesterday but also the police denying him access to his counsels… I was denied access to speak to him for even five minutes [in court],” he said.

M Ravi added that he will “file an urgent application to the High Court to seek access to him” if the access is still not granted when court stands at 2:30pm.

Investigations into other incidents

Separately, five men, aged between 17 and 45, are helping in investigations into the alleged “hacking” of websites belonging to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Istana. In those incidents, suspects had exploited a vulnerability in the said websites to display pages from other sources.



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