It's an attack on you

It's an attack on you

This is addressed to You, the silent majority online who do little when netizens break laws.

Offline, it's a different story. When Jemaah Islamiah's plans to attack infrastructure here were exposed in 2001, you reacted with disgust and concern.

But you are dismissive of online criminality. When a hacker, named "The Messiah", loudly proclaimed his intention to launch a cyberattack against the Government, you said little.

The few, including former journalist Bertha Henson on website Breakfast Network, and a writer on The Real Singapore portal, criticised the hacker's proclamations.

Others either distanced themselves from him without condemning his intentions and worse, on socio-political website TR Emeritus, egged him on and even thanked him for having the gumption to do it.

You, the silent majority, think it's not your business.

You might even believe "The Messiah" and criminals like him should play judge, jury and executioner because the Government has failed to meet your needs.

You might be tempted to believe he's attacking the Singapore Government, not Singapore. That's naive.

This is him attacking you.

Last month, software company Adobe Systems was hacked and information relating to millions of customers, including encrypted credit or debit card numbers, were stolen.

Your credit card details.

A month earlier, in Israel, criminals launched a cyberattack and immobilised a major road network, disabling key operations for two days, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

That's you, in a traffic jam.

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