Anon protest: One hack of a letdown

Anon protest: One hack of a letdown

A call to Singaporeans by international hacktivist group Anonymous to join its protest against the Government did not appear to take off in a big way yesterday.

Several Facebook users here blacked out their profile pictures yesterday, in a show of virtual protest allegedly called upon by Anonymous.

But many stayed away from it, including some bloggers.

There also seemed to be no major cyberattacks on websites yesterday, a contrast to the recent spate of hacking incidents.

Still, Ah Boys To Men actor Ridhwan Azman appeared to have his YouTube and Twitter accounts hacked by people claiming ties with Anonymous last evening. One tweet from Ridhwan's account had a linked message by Anonymous.

It said that Nov 5 "wasn't a success" and Anonymous could not book Speakers' Corner despite trying to get a permit. It added that Anonymous is a "non-violent" movement and "will not go against the law in order to put a point across".

Last week, a person claiming he was from Anonymous threatened the Government in a YouTube clip that the group would strike at Singapore's infrastructure, if its demands to have an online-news licensing framework repealed were not met.

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