CITY Harvest Church co-founder and pop singer Ho Yeow Sun's official website was hacked on Monday morning by a perpetrator who signed off as "The Messiah", prompting the church to file a police report.
Her husband, church founder Kong Hee, has condemned the attack, calling it "particularly malicious".
In a long, contemptuous message directed at Ms Ho, the hacker threatened to expose her "hidden agenda" and release her personal data such as e-mails and text messages into the public domain.
"Confess to your crimes," Ms Ho was told, although the hacker was not specific about what those "crimes" were.
The hacker claimed to have obtained such info and more over the last month and a half of scouring her server and "databases".
The hacker also took issue with the amount of money that was pumped into Ms Ho's foray into the American music market and made reference to the ongoing trial of six City Harvest leaders, including Kong, for allegedly misusing over $50 million in church funds.
Derisive comments on Ms Ho's singing career and appearances - the latter illustrated with photos including one supposedly from her youth - also peppered the hacker's note.
The site, www.heyaosun.com, was taken down by noon, and the church's lawyer, Mr Desmond Ong, would only say that the matter has been referred to the police, but declined to provide the report number for verification.
The church found out about the website hacking only after The Straits Times approached it for a response.
The Straits Times understands that the hacker may have chosen to act on Monday as it was a rest day for the church's employees.
He Yao Sun fan club president Sherlyn Ng told the paper that the hacking "was a vindictive act that has no backing or substance".
On Monday night, Kong also said he was "very concerned" that the hacker's statements "appear to have been intended to cause readers to influence and pre-judge the issues in the criminal proceedings..."
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