Alleged hacker faces over 100 fresh charges

Alleged hacker faces over 100 fresh charges
James Raj Arokiasamy, accused of hacking into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s website, is being driven away after a court appearance on 15 November 2013. He was also suspected of creating the video threatening a wave of cyber attacks to protest against licensing rules for news websites and signing off as The Messiah. He will be claiming trial to the offence under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act. He also faces three charges for drug offences.

SINGAPORE - More than 100 fresh charges of computer misuse were filed yesterday against alleged hacker James Raj Arokiasamy, who used "The Messiah" pseudonym.

Among the 158 charges he now faces are those for hacking into government-related websites, the Fuji Xerox Web server and Web servers for City Harvest Church (CHC) and its co-founder, pop star Ho Yeow Sun.

James Raj, 36, is accused of scanning the heyaosun.com Web server for security vulnerabilities and creating log-in credentials for himself 43 times between Aug 28 and Sept 2 last year.

Media reports at the time said he threatened to expose Ms Ho's "hidden agenda" and release her personal data such as e-mail and text messages into the public domain.

On Oct 15, he allegedly made preparations three times to secure illegal access to data held in CHC's websites so that he could get administrator log-in credentials.

Between Oct 18 and Nov 4, James Raj allegedly scanned government-related Web servers to secure unauthorised access to the websites for the prisons, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore Elections Department, Ministry of Communications and Information and Webvisions, a Web hosting site.

He is also accused of hacking data in Fuji Xerox's server 51 times between March 1 and 24 last year.

Previous reports said 647 bank statements of Standard Chartered private banking clients were found in James Raj's laptop. Fuji Xerox was the printer for the bank's customer statements containing account numbers, balances and transaction details.

James Raj, who was arrested in Kuala Lumpur last November, and appeared in court that month for defacing the website of Ang Mo Kio Town Council, was last charged in June with 52 counts of computer misuse.

These included illegal access and attempts to access an unauthorised area of the PAP Community Foundation's Web server.

He is also accused of scanning The Straits Times blog site's Web server and modifying contents of the computer system by publishing two blog articles.

His next pre-trial conference is scheduled for tomorrow.

elena@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on August 26, 2014.
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