Hacker 'Messiah' James Raj Arokiasamy pleads guilty to charges of computer misuse

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. The alleged hacker pleaded guilty to 39 charges of computer misuse on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI
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. The alleged hacker pleaded guilty to 39 charges of computer misuse on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Hacker James Raj Arokiasamy pleaded guilty to 39 charges of computer misuse on Friday.

James Raj, 36, who goes by the pseudonym Messiah, admitted to more than 160 charges, including drug charges and for hacking into the webservers of Fuji Xerox, pop singer Sun Ho, who is the wife of City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, as well as that of some government agencies.

He committed the offences in Malaysia between March and November 2013.

He was first charged in court in November 2013 with accessing the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website and modifying its contents. He also admitted to four drug-related charges.

In June 2014, he was 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.

In August 2014, he was further slapped with 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 a Straits Times reporter, among other charges.

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

He also scanned 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.

pohian@sph.com.sg