17-year-old student, Melvin Teo, the second suspect behind the “hacking” of an Istana webpage, was charged in court on Friday with two counts of unauthorised modification of computer material under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act which carries a punishment of a fine of up to S$10,000, a jail term of up to three years or both.
He was charged right after businessman Delson Moo, 42, was separately charged in court earlier in the morning with similar offences which was committed on Nov 8, the same day which Melvin is accused of of intruding into the Istana website.
The Institute of Technical Education student is alleged to have hacked into the website twice at 12.33am that night through its search function and modified the code to cause the site to display, “Patrick Tan For The Win”, and a picture of a man pointing his index finger with the phrase “Melvin Teo For The Win”.
Straits Times reports, “When asked by Judge Eddy Tham if the cases against Melvin and Moo are linked, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kumaresan Gohulabalan said they were “factually connected”.”
The district judge has scheduled a pre-trial conference on Jan 24 next year.