SINGAPORE - The hacker who on Monday infiltrated the official website of City Harvest Church co-founder and pop singer Ho Yeow Sun, popularly known as Sun Ho, has claimed to be from international hacker group Anonymous.
If true, this could be the first time the hacktivist group has claimed credit for hacking a Singapore website. This also raised concern over who Anonymous could strike next here.
The hacker's claim was made on a webpage hosted on a Spanish site that netizens posted links to yesterday.
Going by the name The Messiah, the hacker threatened in a message to leak personal data of City Harvest supporters, because Anonymous took issue with the church.
He said Ms Ho's website had data of 5,000 users, such as their names, e-mail addresses and passwords.
Anonymous has claimed responsibility for many high-profile hacking attacks on corporations, government agencies and religious groups globally.
In July, the group said it hacked into servers of the United States' Federal Emergency Management Agency and leaked online what seemed like contact details of people linked to the agency.
Anonymous also took credit for hacking Sony-branded websites in 2011.
In his message, The Messiah criticised City Harvest repeatedly, and said Ms Ho's website was targeted as she was the church's global representative.
He added that Anonymous intends to send evidence gathered, presumably against City Harvest, to the Government.