Singapore — “The Messiah” hacker broke into the Straits Times website on Friday and promised more to come if a reporter does not apologize for an article deemed “misleading”.
The incident occurred a day after the hacking group Anonymous posted a YouTube video protesting Singapore’s new licensing regulations for news sites.
The hacker reportedly broke into the site through the blog of reporter Irene Tham and posted a message under her name with the message: “Dear ST: You just got hacked for misleading the people!”
“The Messiah” said he was unhappy that the reporter ““chose to conveniently modify the sentence ‘war against the Singapore government’ into ‘war against Singapore’”.
“That in our opinion can be very misleading,” said the hacker on the blog page.
The hacker added that the collective will give the reporter “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 then we expect her resignation. If those demands are met we will be on our way.”
The Straits Times has since taken down its blogs section, though its main site is still up.
“The Messiah” stated in the post: “The media has also misled our intentions by stating that we had plans to attack the infrastructure of Singapore on the 5th of November. That is ONLY our intention if the internet framework gets implemented. Not otherwise.”
“The Messiah” has listed grievances in several hi-profile hacks in recent weeks and months, including a baby-scalding incident at a PAP Community Foundation, the controversy over the euthanised puppy Tammy, and the ongoing trial of City Harvest Church and its co-founder Kong Hee and his wife Sun Ho.
Under the new regulations, unveiled by the Media Development Authority earlier this year, sites “that report regularly on issues relating to Singapore and have significant reach among readers” require individual licences.
Singapore Press Holdings, which runs Straits Times, said it had taken down the affected blog from its site and had made a police report.