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Singapore Court Denied "Anonymous Hacker" Bail

A Singapore court denied bail to a man charged with hacking the district website of the Prime Minister, using the symbol of international hacker group Anonymous.

Singaporean James Raj was extradited from Malaysia and charged on November 12 with hacking the Ang Mo Kio district website, whose MPs include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and posting the image of a Guy Fawkes Mask used by Anonymous.

Raj is said to be the Anonymous hacker that uses the online moniker “The Messiah.” He was arrested in Malaysia on November 5 and extradited to Singapore the next day. 

He has been charged with hacking the website of the Ang Mo Kio town council, but authorities believe he’s also responsible for the cyberattacks on the People's Action Party Community Foundation, The Straits Times and the website of the co-founder of the City Harvest Church.

Raj took place three days before a self-proclaimed spokesperson for Anonymous appeared in a video on October 31 to demand the scrapping of a recent Singapore law requiring news websites to obtain annual licences.

The Internet licensing rules, which came into effect in June, have sparked anger among bloggers and activists who say they are designed to muzzle free expression.

Singapore strictly regulates the traditional media, but insists the recent licensing rules do not impinge on Internet freedom.

Police have previously said Raj was linked to other hacking attacks, including on the website of a charity associated with the ruling People's Action Party.

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