Hacker group challenges Singapore government

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2014.02.14 - Hashtag #freeanonssg graphsInternet hacker group Anonymous has amped up awareness in response to criminal proceedings against Singaporean hackers connected to the group. On February 9, 2014 at 8am in Singapore, the group executed their second tweet storm as a form of protesting various arrests linked to the hacktivist (a play on hacker and activist) collective made back in 2012; a spike of 700 tweets over 24-hours used #FreeAnonsSG.

→ A “tweet storm” is a sudden flurry of activity surrounding a certain topic on the Twitter social media site. Usually one person sends a notifying message with a certain and often original hash tag to their Twitter followers. The followers then reuse the hash tag through new tweets or re-tweets.

→ A “hash tag” is a topic without spaces often preceded by “#”. A hash tag allows people to locate specific tweets that have a common topic; if you search “#techjobs”you will find a list of tweets pertaining to job openings in the tech industry.

James Raj Arkiasamy, one of the 5 arrested, is alleged to be the hacker under the handle “Messiah“, who is linked to the defacement of at least one Singapore government site.

2014.02.14 - Hacker CenterAnonymous in Singapore is attempting to gain traction with #FreeAnonsSG and make it a trending topic; the intent is awareness in hopes of collecting further support and strength in numbers – a usual tactic in Anonymous’ playbook. Anonymous believes the Singapore government has taken a “heavy handed approach’ in the treatment of Arkiasamy.

“We also want to shine a spotlight on the usage of corporal punishment in Singapore as a barbaric response to minor criminal acts and put pressure on the authorities to abandon these practices as well as freeing the anons they have arrested,” Anonymous said in a statement.

2014.02.14 - FeniAnon TwitterAnonymous also said that using tweets inferring to the Singapore government like @GovSingapore and @MFAsf would further help spread their voice across to the potentially unawaken.

Inquiries by news aggregator ZDNET made the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) reiterate its previous statement in regards to the Tweetstorm incident in January: “We do not condone actions designed to disrupt public services or cause inconvenience to the public.”

On February 7, as a response to what it deemed as unfair arrests, Anonymous leaked the personal data of 10 individuals linked to government agencies with threats of releasing more information of thousands more unless there was “a sense of justice and fairness” from the government.

 

 

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Internet hacker group Anonymous has amped up awareness in response to criminal proceedings against Singaporean hackers connected to the group. On February 9, 2014 at 8am in Singapore, the group executed their second tweet storm as a form of protesting various arrests linked to the hacktivist (a play on hacker and activist) collective made back in 2012; a spike of 700 tweets over 24-hours used #FreeAnonsSG.

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2014.02.14 - Hashtag #freeanonssg graphsInternet hacker group Anonymous has amped up awareness in response to criminal proceedings against Singaporean hackers connected to the group. On February 9, 2014 at 8am in Singapore, the group executed their second tweet storm as a form of protesting various arrests linked to the hacktivist (a play on hacker and activist) collective made back in 2012; a spike of 700 tweets over 24-hours used #FreeAnonsSG.

→ A “tweet storm” is a sudden flurry of activity surrounding a certain topic on the Twitter social media site. Usually one person sends a notifying message with a certain and often original hash tag to their Twitter followers. The followers then reuse the hash tag through new tweets or re-tweets.

→ A “hash tag” is a topic without spaces often preceded by “#”. A hash tag allows people to locate specific tweets that have a common topic; if you search “#techjobs”you will find a list of tweets pertaining to job openings in the tech industry.

James Raj Arkiasamy, one of the 5 arrested, is alleged to be the hacker under the handle “Messiah“, who is linked to the defacement of at least one Singapore government site.

2014.02.14 - Hacker CenterAnonymous in Singapore is attempting to gain traction with #FreeAnonsSG and make it a trending topic; the intent is awareness in hopes of collecting further support and strength in numbers – a usual tactic in Anonymous’ playbook. Anonymous believes the Singapore government has taken a “heavy handed approach’ in the treatment of Arkiasamy.

“We also want to shine a spotlight on the usage of corporal punishment in Singapore as a barbaric response to minor criminal acts and put pressure on the authorities to abandon these practices as well as freeing the anons they have arrested,” Anonymous said in a statement.

2014.02.14 - FeniAnon TwitterAnonymous also said that using tweets inferring to the Singapore government like @GovSingapore and @MFAsf would further help spread their voice across to the potentially unawaken.

Inquiries by news aggregator ZDNET made the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) reiterate its previous statement in regards to the Tweetstorm incident in January: “We do not condone actions designed to disrupt public services or cause inconvenience to the public.”

On February 7, as a response to what it deemed as unfair arrests, Anonymous leaked the personal data of 10 individuals linked to government agencies with threats of releasing more information of thousands more unless there was “a sense of justice and fairness” from the government.

 

 

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