The website of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has reportedly been hacked by hacker collective Anonymous, just days after he promised to "spare no effort to try and track down the culprits" of recent cyber-attacks.
The latest attack follows the hijacking of a journalist's blog on the website of The Straits Times, Singapore's highest-selling newspaper, which followed an Anonymous-authored video released online promising to "wage war on the government of Singapore."
Journalist Irene Tham's blog was targeted allegedly due to her reporting of the original video, and was plastered with the slogan, "Dear ST: You just got hacked for misleading the people." The collective demanded that Tham apologise for her reporting, which it deemed to be inaccurate.
The hijacked page also displayed an image of the Guy Fawkes mask that has become the calling card of the loose hacking collective, and a message saying "It's great to be Singaporean today."
One page of Prime Minister Lee's official website was hacked in a similar attack, and the same image was posted on the page.
Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority said earlier today that "a subpage for search on the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) website was reported to be compromised" at 11:17pm on Thursday.
However, it added that the main page of the Prime Minister's Office was still operational.
The attacks are apparently a reaction to Lee's tough rhetoric on the perpetrators of recent cyber-attacks.
"It is not a laughing matter," he told reporters earlier this week. "It's not just anything goes, and you're anonymous, therefore there's no responsibility. You may think you are anonymous. We will make that extra effort to find out who you are," he said.
He added, "if we can find him, we will bring him to justice and he will be dealt with severely."
The government is reportedly making efforts to boost the security of key systems to reduce their vulnerability to further attacks.
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