Singapore — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong vowed to bring hackers who launch cyber-attacks to justice, saying authorities will “spare no effort” to do so.
His words were evidently directed toward the activist group Anonymous, which last week protested against new government licensing regulations for news websites with a YouTube video, threatening to launch cyber attacks against the government for trying to censor free speech on the Internet.
The Singaporean government strictly regulates the traditional media, and its new Internet rules have sparked anger in the blogging and social media community, which many see as an attempt by the government to muzzle freedom of expression there also.
The Prime Minister said authorities will diligently track down cyberspace hackers who think they can hide behind the internet’s veil of anonymity.
Lee said: “It is not a laughing matter. It’s not just anything goes, and you’re anonymous, therefore there’s no responsibility. You may think you are anonymous. We will make that extra effort to find out who you are,” according to reports.
While acknowledging no cyber security precautions are perfect, he said what is important is to harden systems to lesson vulnerability, and that is what Singapore is doing.
The government claims the new licensing rules do not violate Internet freedom of speech.