S'pore hacker case: Hacker was hiding in KL

Police have arrested a 35-year-old Singaporean man for the recent series of hacking incidents into the websites of the Ang Mo Kio Town Council, the Straits Times Blog, People's Action Party Community Foundation (PCF) and City Harvest Church cofounder Sun Ho.

In a separate operation, five other men have been arrested for vandalising public property. Preliminary investigations indicate that the hacker and vandals do not know each other and their criminal acts were committed in isolation.

Arrest of hacker

Since Sep 2013, the police have received several reports where the websites of the the Ang Mo Kio Town Council, The Straits Times blog, City Harvest Church co-founder Sun Ho and the People's Action Party Community Foundation (PCF) were reportedly hacked. Police also received a report of attempted hackings of websites linked to the City Harvest Church.

Through extensive investigations and enquiries conducted, the police managed to establish the identity of a possible suspect.

The suspect was also wanted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for outstanding drug-related offences in Singapore and was believed to be hiding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The police and CNB worked very closely with the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) to track down the suspect in Malaysia and arrested him on Nov 4.

He was subsequently brought back to Singapore and charged in Court on Nov 5 with three counts of the offence of Consumption of Controlled Drugs under Section 8(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Court granted a one-week remand for further investigation.

The suspect is a 35-year-old male Singaporean and is believed to have operated alone.

He will be charged in court on Nov 12 2013 for an offence under Section 5 (1) of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Chapter 50A, which carries a punishment of a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both.