2 held over brazen hacking of website
May 3, 2013, New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: THE arrogance of two hackers in leaving behind a “signature” on the website of the Information Ministry ultimately led to their downfall and arrest by the authorities.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the two men were arrested at a hotel in Jalan Raja Laut on Tuesday.
The two suspects, aged 33 and 28, had only studied until Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia but managed to make themselves proficient in information technology (IT).
The 33-year-old suspect is from Terengganu and had gone to Syria for two years to pursue religious studies.
The other suspect is from Kedah and had spent a considerable amount of time working in IT companies where he picked up his expertise on computers.
The suspects came under the police radar in December last year, when an official from the National Registration Department (NRD) lodged a police report that the email account of a NRD staff had been hacked and used to send emails to NRD branches around the country.
Syed Ismail said the email instructed NRD staff to send all MyKad and MyKid which had not been collected for 18 months to an address in Sabah.
“Police traced the address to a house in Keningau and are trying to ascertain whether the house- owner was involved as well,” Syed Ismail told reporters at Bukit Perdana here yesterday.
A second report about the two hackers was lodged in February by an official from the Information Ministry. The two suspects had allegedly hacked into the ministry’s website and stolen information.
“One of the suspects brazenly posted a report claiming that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had resigned as a ‘signature’ of his accomplishment in hacking into the ministry’s website.”
Police seized an array of electronic paraphernalia from their hotel room, including a dish which they used to steal signals from outlets which offered free Wi-Fi.
“The suspects assumed that police would attempt to track them down based on their Internet Protocol address and that was why they always used signals picked up from Wi-Fi outlets.”
Syed Ismail said police believed the two men were stealing personal information of Malaysians to be passed on to a third party although they have yet to determine who was behind the racket.
It is understood that the suspects had also hacked into other government agencies but police have yet to determine which agencies had been hacked. They are also studying previous police reports regarding hacking cases.
The duo are being probed under Section 5(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 for unauthorised modification of contents of any computer. If found guilty, they can be fined up to RM150,000 or sentenced to 10 years’ jail or both.
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