NRI jailed for hacking in Singapore

James Raj Arokiasamy, 36, has been sentenced to four years, eight months in jail, on charges of hacking the computers of at least seven organisations including the ruling party in 2013. Raj who calls himself "The Messiah" pleaded guilty to the charges last week. Raj used software to scan government servers including those of the Prime Minister's Office, the Elections Department, the Peoples' Action party, a town council and the City Harvest Church. Many of the sites were defaced with taunts and threats. He also hacked a server that contained bank statements of Standard Chartered Bank clients. Having discharged his defence lawyer at the start of the proceedings, Raj submitted a plea to the court, contending he had not acted maliciously, but the Judge agreed with the prosecution that his cyber intrusions were not amateurish nor committed naively, and his intention was to instill fear and trepidation. Raj also pleaded guilty to drug offences and 119 more counts of computer misuse.