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Updated: 08/25/2014 16:50 | By Channel NewsAsia

Alleged 'Messiah' hacker faces 105 more charges

Alleged 'Messiah' hacker faces 105 more charges


Alleged 'Messiah' hacker faces 105 more charges

SINGAPORE: Suspected hacker James Raj Arokiasamy, who reportedly goes by the moniker "The Messiah", was handed an additional 105 charges in court on Monday (Aug 25).

This includes charges for securing unauthorised access into the Fuji Xerox webserver between Mar 1 and 24 last year. The theft of monthly statements of some 650 Standard Chartered Private Bank clients was reported last year from a server of Fuji Xerox, which provides third-party printing services for the bank.

James Raj is also accused of hacking into and making unauthorised modifications to a fan site created for City Harvest Church co-founder and pop singer Sun Ho. This happened on numerous occasions from Aug 28 to Sep 2, 2013.

The 36-year-old is also accused of scanning several City Harvest Church-related webservers on Oct 15 last year, and several government-related websites between Oct 18 and Nov 4 last year. The websites that were scanned included that of the Singapore Prison Service, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore Elections Department, and Ministry of Communications and Information.

In all, Raj faces a total of 162 charges, four of them, drug-related.

On June 6, he was charged on another 52 counts in open court. These included charges for hacking into the People's Action Party Community Foundation webserver and the Straits Times blog, as well as additional charges for the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website hacking incident.

James Raj had been charged on one count in November last year, for the hacking of the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website. 

Proceedings took just a few minutes and James Raj, who has not been granted bail, showed little expression in court. A pre-trial conference date has been set for Aug 27.  - CNA/ly

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