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ITE student gets probation for hacking into Istana website

Published on Aug 4, 2014 12:17 PM
Melvin Teo, a student, arriving at the Subordinate Court on Nov 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An Institute of Technical Education (ITE) student who hacked into the Istana website was placed on probation on Monday.

Melvin Teo Boon Wei, 18, is the second person to be convicted of hacking into a Government website.

He had admitted to one of four charges of gaining unauthorised access to the server that hosted the Istana webpage at about 12.45am on Nov 8. He did this after communicating with Delson Moo Hiang Kng, 43, who was fined $8,000 on June 5 for a similar cyber attack around the same time.

The first-year electronics student hacked into the site to display the phrase "Melvin Teo For The Win!" with two caricatures of himself and some Chinese characters.

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