Brothers face hacking charges

Brothers face hacking charges

Two brothers are facing a total of 16 charges under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, with the older one accused of hacking the website of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Mohammad Azhar Tahir, 27, who is jobless, and his brother, Mohammad Asyiq, 21, a DJ, are also accused of illegally accessing the social media accounts of local actor Muhammad Ridhwan Azman, 20, best known for acting in the movie Ah Boys to Men.

MOHAMMAD AZHAR FACES 10 CHARGES FOR:

Changing the passwords to Mr Muhammad Ridhwan's Hotmail, Gmail, Twitter and Facebook accounts, unauthorised accessing of the actor's Instagram account, and deleting videos from his YouTube account.

Unauthorised accessing of a wireless network subscribed to by a woman known as Nadia Ali Khan and altering the password to her wireless modem.

Making an unauthorised modification to the contents on the PMO website.

MOHAMMAD ASYIQ FACES SIX CHARGES FOR:

Unauthorised accessing of the Facebook account of a woman known as Woo Huijing.

Unauthorised accessing of Mr Muhammad Ridhwan's Hotmail, Gmail and Blogspot accounts and using his YouTube account to upload a video titled "Anonymous retaliating and gives (sic) warning".

Unauthorised accessing of Ms Nadia's wireless network.

The incidents allegedly took place last month.

The brothers, who are out on $10,000 bail each and are represented by lawyer Ferlin Jayatissa, will be back in court on Jan 6.

First-time offenders convicted of unauthorised access into the computer accounts of others can be jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000 on each charge.


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