Update: 1/11/13 09:40am
After a misleading article from Singapore’s media outlet Straits Times, Anonymous took it to their hand and earlier today cracked into a blog by Straits Times, posting a message demanding an apology from journalist Irene Tham. The main Straits Times website appears to be unaffected and online now. Below is a snippet of the message by Anonymous:
Greetings Irene Tham & Straitstimes.com,
I am The Messiah from the Anonymous Collective. We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class. We oppose any form of internet censorship among other things.
Allow me to explain our intrusion.
Earlier today upon discovering the existence of a Youtube video of ours (click here), a straitstimes correspondent by the name of Irene Tham chose to publicize an article distorting our words and intentions (click here). She chose to conveniently modify the sentence “war against the Singapore Government” into “war against Singapore”.
That in our opinion can be very misleading and unfortunately we suspect that must have been her intentions. Look what she made us do!
Irene Tham, since you had the ignorant nerve of invading our world (the internet) to speak blasphemous lies, then we took it upon ourselves to invade your tiny little space to voice our issues over a few matter. We sincerely hope you wont mind.
1) So dear SPH, in regards to Irene Tham, we will give her 48 hours to make an apology to the citizens of Singapore for trying to mislead them with her hate. In the event she refuses to apologize then we expect her resignation. If those demands are met we will be on our way. But in the event our demands are not met in the next 48 hours, we will place you in our “to do” list and next time you wont be let off this easy.
Here’s the full message from Anonymous on the Straits Times (cache’s version):
One of the biggest news circulating the Singapore netizen now is the public threat from someone claiming to be part of the international hacker group Anonymous.
According to the original 3 minute and 40 second YouTube video, which is now removed, Anonymous sends a public threat to the nation’s main ruling party PAP as an act of protest against the government’s new online media licensing rules.
The video featured an image of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, a signature image of the Anonymous hacker group, protested the implementation of the MDA new licensing framework.
MDA, which acts as Singapore’s official media watchdog, ruled earlier in June 2013 that websites which have at least 50,000 unique visitors from Singapore every month and publish at least one local news article a week, will have to obtain licences subjecting them to rules governing traditional media.
Websites granted a licence will have to remove “prohibited content” such as articles that undermine racial or religious harmony” within 24 hours of being notified by the MDA. These licensed websites would also have a “performance bond” of $50,000.
Anonymous cautioned the government not to underestimate them, making reference to “one of (the group’s) comrades”, “The Messiah”, who recently broke into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website, the PAP Community Foundation website as well as Sun Ho’s official website on three separate instances.
“(The Messiah) demonstrated what a single Anon could do to your so-called technologically-advanced island. Have you forgotten who you work for? No government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information. We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework or we will be forced to go to war with you.” – Anonymous
What is the Singapore government doing about it? According to a spokesperson from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, police are currently looking into the matter.
In the mean time, here’s some of the responses from Singapore netizens, notably from Soulranger who apparently thinks it might be a good thing: