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Alleged 'Messiah' hacker James Raj Arokiasamy slapped with 105 additional computer misuse charges

Published on Aug 25, 2014 6:18 PM
James Raj Arokiasamy, accused of hacking into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s website, is being driven away after a court appearance on Nov 15, 2013. Alleged hacker James Raj Arokiasamy was slapped with 105 additional charges of computer misuse on Monday, Aug 25, 2014, bringing the total he faces to 162. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Alleged hacker James Raj Arokiasamy was slapped with 105 additional charges of computer misuse on Monday, bringing the total he faces to 162.

James Raj, who goes by the pseudonym Messiah, allegedly secured unauthorised access into the webservers of Fuji Xerox, Heyaosun, better known as Sun Ho, the singer-wife of City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, City Harvest Church as well as that of some government agencies.

He is said to have committed the offences in Malaysia from between March and November last year.

He was first charged in court in November last year with accessing the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website and modifying its contents. He also faces four drug-related charges.

In June this year, he was further charged with 52 counts of performing preparatory acts to secure access without authority and hacking into the webservers of People's Action Party Community Foundation (PCF) and Ang Mo Kio Town Council.

Some of the charges state that he modified the contents of the "Whats New'' banner.

He is accused in the fresh charges of performing an act preparatory to securing illegal access into the data held in the webserver of The Straits Times Blog; securing access by logging into the system using the login credentials of Straits Times reporter Irene Tham, among other charges.

He allegedly did the same for Heyaosun's webserver by creating windows login account credentials and hacking into the server. He allegedly did this 43 times.

He is also accused of scanning City Harvest Church's related webservers and government-related ones including the Prime Minister's Office, prisons and the Ministry of Communications and Information.

In the case of Fuji Xerox, it was reported that February statements of 647 private banking clients of Standard Chartered Bank had been stolen through a server of Fuji Xerox.

Police found the statements in James Raj's laptop.

Another pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday. He is remanded.