Alleged MOM hacker faces 112 more charges

A man who has been accused of hacking into the Ministry of Manpower's computer system was charged on Friday with 112 more charges.

Abdul Gafoor Jahangeer Basha, 33, is said to have committed the computer misuse offences between October and December last year.

He was initially charged last December with one count of knowingly causing a computer to perform a function for illegally securing access to data. This allegedly took place on Nov 17, and involved data from the e-appointment system for the ministry's Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).

On Friday, the prosecution tendered 112 more charges against him.

In total, he faces 39 counts of accessing text files, 28 for accessing the MOM's EPSC using other people's foreign identification numbers, 11 counts of modifying records and 35 charges of attempted modification of records.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sanjiv Vaswani had successfully applied for some details of the case to gagged, because publicising them would be prejudicial to public security. This includes the log-in credentials which Gafoor had harvested from the MOM computer system, and the nature of the attack.

A further pre-trial conference will be held on May 31. Gafoor is out on police bail of $8,000.

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