Singapore — Two brothers have been arrested for allegedly hacking into the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office website, and are expected to be charged in court on Friday, according to reports.
The brothers are Singaporeans, aged 21 and 27, and will reportedly be charged for offences under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.
The police did not name the suspects, but said in a statement on Thursday that the two men had been arrested in connection with a November 8 report lodged by the web administrator of the Prime Minister’s Office website.
If convicted of the charges, the men could receive a fine of up to S$10,000 (US$7,975) and jailed up to three years.
In an earlier report, The Straits Times had identified the men who were suspected of hacking into the Prime Minister’s site to be Mr. Mohammad Asyiq Tahir and his older brother, Mr. Mohammad Azhar Tahir.
This is the latest in a string of arrests over high-profile hackings of government websites in Singapore.
Last Friday, businessman Delson Moo and student Melvin Teo were charged in court in connection with the cyber attack on the presidential palace’s Istana website, which also occurred on November 8.
However, none of these four suspects are linked to James Raj Arokiasamy, who is accused of being the hacker known as “The Messiah” who allegedly hacked into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website, and has been remanded for further investigations.