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Published: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 8:13:49 AM

Brothers held for hacking PMO site face 16 charges

TWO brothers, initially arrested over the hacking of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) website, now face a total of 16 cybercrime charges between them.

The prosecution yesterday tendered 10 charges in court against Mohammad Azhar Tahir, 27. They include the unauthorised modification of content on the PMO site, illegally accessing a neighbour’s wireless Internet service, and hacking into various social media and e-mail accounts of Ah Boys To Men actor Ridhwan Azman.

The younger brother, Mohammad Asyiq Tahir, 21, faces six similar charges, including one for hacking into the Facebook page of his former girlfriend Woo Huijing, on Nov 4.

Azhar, who is unemployed, was accused of hacking into the PMO site on Nov 7, causing it to show an image of a mask and two phrases over what the webpage would normally display.

One of those phrases had references to the Anonymous hacktivist group.

The two brothers are also accused of separately hacking into seven different social media and e-mail accounts belonging to Ridhwan on Nov 5.

Yesterday, the 20-year-old entertainer said Asyiq was the former boyfriend of Woo, 19, before he started seeing her.

The brothers were released on S$10,000 (RM25,395) bail yesterday with their passports impounded.

Their case will be heard again on Jan 6. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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