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Man fined $8k for defacing Istana website

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Entrepreneur and IT consultant Delson Moo, 43, was fined S$8,000 today in court after pleading guilty to one charge of unauthorised access to the server hosting the Istana website.  He admitted to carrying out a cross-site scripting attack on the Google search function embedded in the website.

He was earlier charged in court on 29 Nov 2013 for unauthorised modification of the Istana website under Section 5(1) of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Chapter 50A. The act carries a maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years or both.

Moo is said to have modified the “contents of the server hosting the Internet website www.istana.gov.sg” by using the “search function on the server to process a script” which he had “crafted and injected into the said server”.

The script allegedly “impaired the normal operation of the said server” by “causing the search function of the said server to generate and communicate instructions to display text and images” specified by Moo.

Moo is represented by lawyer M Ravi.