Anonymous Singapore — James Raj, a 35-year-old Singaporean who reportedly confessed to being “The Messiah“.
Charged in court Tuesday with hacking a local council’s website and posting an image of a Guy Fawkes mask, the international symbol of Anonymous.
Raj identified himself as “The Messiah” and carried out the attack on the Ang Mo Kio town council from an apartment in Kuala Lumpur, according to an AFP report.
In a separate case, Singapore police are also questioning five local men for allegedly hacking the websites of the president and prime minister in the midst of a series of high-profile cyber attacks in the city-state.
Those hackings took place the day after Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that his government would “spare no effort” in tracking down Anonymous Singapore hackers, who threatened to wage a “cyber war” against the government over its new Internet licensing rules.
The suspects are all Singaporeans aged 17 to 45.
Police said the hackers had “exploited a vulnerability” in both sites last week.
Anonymous had posted a YouTube video on October 29 protesting against Singapore’s new law requiring news websites to obtain annual licenses, which came into force in June.
The new rules have angered bloggers and activists who say they are a governmental attempt to muzzle free expression.
The government says the law does not impinge on Internet freedom.
Someone using the same moniker hacked a reporter’s blog on the pro-government Straits Times newspaper on November 1.
Raj could face a maximum fine of SG$10,000 (US$8,000) and three years imprisonment, or both.
Police said Raj was also linked to a series of other hacking incidents.
They also said Raj and the five hackers being questioned for defacing the president and prime minister’s websites are not linked.
In yet another separate case, police are questioning 15 Singaporeans, aged 16 to 27, for their involvement in the local edition of the global November 5 “Million Mask” protest by Anonymous.
Because the protest lacked a permit, it was illegal, said police.
Organizers of illegal protests could face up to six months in jail, or a fine up to Sg$10,000, or both. Participants can face a fine up to Sg$5,000. Image Anonymous Singapore /hacksperger.wordpress.com