Threat against S'pore govt is 'very serious matter'

Threat against S'pore govt is 'very serious matter'
HIDING BEHIND A MASk: A screengrab of the video posted purportedly by computer hacker group Anonymous.

A video purportedly by computer hacker group Anonymous has threatened the Singapore Government with an "aggressive cyber intrusion" if it did not remove its Internet licensing framework.

The 3-minute 42-second video was uploaded on The Real Singapore website.

It was first posted on YouTube on Oct 29, but has since been removed by the user. As of 8.45pm on Thursday, the video had garnered over 700 comments, 2,400 likes and over 4,800 people had shared it.

The video is still available on The Real Singapore website and Facebook page.

It showed an unidentified person - dressed in black and a Guy Fawkes mask - claiming to represent Anonymous.

The video is narrated with what is believed to be a computerised voiceover, protesting against the Government's new licensing rules imposed on news websites.

The new framework, introduced in June, states that websites with more than 50,000 Singapore visitors a month and carrying more than one news story per week must obtain an individual licence.

This entails putting up a $50,000 performance bond.

"We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework or we will be forced to go to war with you," says the person in the video.

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