Two charged over Istana hacking

Two charged over Istana hacking

SINGAPORE - The Istana website was attacked four times by hackers in a span of minutes on Nov 8, a district court heard for the first time Friday.

The cyber intrusions were said to have been committed by two suspects, who used a string of computer code to illegally access the website and cause it to display illegitimate images and insulting phrases.

Businessman Delson Moo and student Melvin Teo were each charged Friday with two counts of unauthorised modification of the server which hosted the Istana webpage.

This, just over two weeks after they were first questioned by police over the hacking of the site.

The court heard that Moo and Melvin each made two successful and almost simultaneous intrusions just after 12.30am through the website's search box.

At 12.33am, Melvin allegedly hacked into the site to display the phrase "Patrick Tan For The Win". It is not known who he was referring to exactly.

The 17-year-old then repeated the attack within the next few minutes and posted what appeared to be a caricature of himself and the phrase "Melvin Teo For The Win", over what the webpage would normally display.

Moo, who is 42, allegedly used a similar method to break into the the Istana site twice, starting at 12.34am that same morning.

On both occasions, he caused the webpage to display a picture of an old woman pointing her middle finger, along with a string of offensive words in Hokkien.

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