Messiah computer hacker has struck again in Singapore, breaking into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s website, according to member of parliament Ang Hin Kee.
Police are investigating the compromising of the website, though Ang said no personal information was compromised as all the website’s information was public.
He called the intrusion “malicious”, but said it caused “minimal” inconvenience, as the town council shut down the site quickly and began investigating the hacking.
Ang said security to the site will be ramped up, and that “We also regret that the attacker has chosen to attack an amenity that residents can access.”
“The Messiah” previously hacked into the website of pop singer Sun Ho, as well as the People’s Action Party (PAP) Community Foundation website.
On the Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s site, the hacker left two messages, the first saying, “I have been to various sites and seen how they take the initiative to secure their systems. You have a brain and you have money. You had a choice. Don’t blame external factors (Anonymous) for this hack. – The Messiah ;)”, according to reports.
It provided a link to an article on sociopolitical site TR Emeritus reporting Ang’s comments on a Woodlands bus incident where a man was recorded on video spitting and verbally attacking other commuters over cutting a queue.
The hacker’s second message read “tender(ing) (his) resignation as your minister of parliament,” evidently in reference to Ang.
“I am incapable and have failed you,” the hacker wrote, adding a link to a YouTube video about the Anonymous Singapore group of “hacktivists”.
By late afternoon, administrators had locked down the Town Council’s website, requiring authentication to access it.
The Messiah computer hacker previously hacked into the website of City Harvest Church co-founder Sun Ho twice, the second time revealing that he operates under the umbrella of hacking group “Anonymous Collective”, and said Ho’s website has very little security, said reports.
He called this “horrifying” as the site contains the information of over 5,000 churchgoers.
“It took us less than 15 minutes to gain access,” wrote the hacker.
The pop music singer Sun Ho’s husband Kong Hee is the pastor of the pentecostal megachurch, and the hacker’s first intrusion made reference to the scandal that erupted last year when he and his deputies were charged with the misuse of $50 million in church funds, most of it going to Sun Ho’s singing career in the United States.
The trial is ongoing, and is scheduled to resume in January 2014.