Elena Chong of The Straits Times reports:
Singapore – A businessman who was fined $8,000 yesterday for hacking into the Istana website is the first to be convicted of carrying out a cyber attack on a government website here.
Delson Moo Hiang Kng, 43, who runs an IT consultancy firm, admitted to one of three charges of unauthorised access to the server that hosted the Istana webpage in November last year.
On three occasions, starting at 12.34am on Nov 8, 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. The two other charges were considered during his sentencing.
Moo had hacked into the website using a technique called cross site scripting and exploited a vulnerability in the embedded Google search bar, which helps users to search for items within the site.
The aim of Moo’s cyber attack was to deface the webpage, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Suhas Malhotra yesterday.
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