Saturday, May 23, 2015Saturday, May 23, 2015

Man who misused MOM data fined $86k

He tampered with 972 records in the ministry's online appointment system

Published on May 17, 2014 10:13 AM
Abdul Gafoor Jahangeer Basha, who was charged with numerous offences under the Computer Misuse Act, escaped jail because he was likely to be suffering from major depression at the time of his acts. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Before leaving his employment with IT vendor NCS in August 2012, Abdul Gafoor Jahangeer Basha harvested user credentials from a source file, for a computer system under his care.

Finding vulnerabilities in the software coding for the online appointment system of the Manpower Ministry's employment pass services centre, which he had saved onto his personal laptop, he later logged in and amended or deleted a total of 972 records by executing rogue commands.

His actions forced the ministry to deploy a team to verify records and help pass applicants unable to log in.

A team of IT staff was also deployed to conduct investigations and undo the changes.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!