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Teen admits hacking Istana site for 'a joke'

Published on Jul 5, 2014 9:32 AM
 
Melvin Teo, 18, is the second person to be convicted of unauthorised use of a computer service by hacking into a government website. -- ST FILE PHOTO

A student has admitted hacking into the Istana's website in what he claimed was a "harmless joke".

Melvin Teo Boon Wei yesterday became the second person to be convicted of unauthorised use of a computer service by hacking into a government website.

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central student carried out a cross site scripting (XSS) attack on the portal on Nov 8 last year 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 18-year-old first-year Nitec electronics student 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.

 
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