Singapore — People claiming to be members of the group Anonymous have successfully hacked into Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official website just one day after his warning to track down the group.
The hackers posted an image of a Guy Fawkes mask on the Prime Minister’s website with the words: “It’s great to be a Singaporean today.”
A government spokesman admitted part of the website had been “compromised” late on Thursday, according to reports.
“The PMO main website is still working, and we are working to restore the page that has been compromised,” said a statement issued by the Infocomm Development Authority.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Lee had said his government would “spare no effort to try and track down the culprits”.
And he added, “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”.
In his comments Wednesday, the Prime Minister was evidently referring to a YouTube video posted by Anonymous on October 29 in which the group protested against the government’s new online media licensing rules.
Anonymous says the new rules deprive citizens of the freedom of information.
In the video, the Anonymous spokesman asked the government, “”Have you forgotten who you work for?” He called the new licensing framework “ridiculous, communistic, oppressive and offensive”, according to a report.
“No government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information,” it continued. “We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework”.
Earlier this month, a hacker called “The Messiah” claiming to be part of Anonymous hacked the website of Singapore’s main newspaper The Straits Times, saying the paper’s report on the Anonymous YouTube video was misleading.
The Messiah also hacked into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website last week, the municipal branch of the prime minister’s district.