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Date [ 2013-11-04, 13:38 ]
Cyber war has been declared



(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) by Ramani Rathir = Guess the Singapore government did not expect such a backlash when they announced new online media licensing rules.

Singaporeans, as well as officials, were shocked and surprised to see a figure with a cartoonish Guy Fawkes mask, threatening to disrupt all key infrastructures on the island,
appear on YouTube. The clip lasted exactly three minutes and forty seconds.

This person claimed to be part of the international hacker group known as Anonymous
and strongly warned  the government not to underestimate the group. It went on to tersely remind the  government, its decision to implement the new licensing laws would be like ‘...dipping yourselves in a pool of piranhas".

The encrypted voice on YouTube referred to one of their members, simply known as the "The Messiah",  making forays 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," mocked the voice. It detailed the fact that it was not only protesting the implementation of the Media Development Authority's new licensing framework, but also convince the government to "stop feigning ignorance and serve the people". "Have you forgotten who you work for?" demanded the voice further, before stating the licensing framework was "ridiculous, communistic, oppressive and offensive".

"No government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information," it added. "We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework or we will be forced to go to war with you," the hackers concluded. 

The YouTube video also urged Singaporeans to show their support  by dressing up in black and red on November 5, 2013. This will be the day their ultimatum is supposed to be met or...its hackers away! They also went a step further and  asked Singaporeans to black out their Facebook profile pictures for the day.

The video was removed by its uploader by about 5:15pm on the day it was introduced to Singaporeans.,

A spokesperson from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said, "We are aware of the video, and the police are investigating into the matter.
We would like to clarify some false reporting by mainstream media which says that the International Anonymous group is attacking Singapore. In fact, the video clearly states that the group is targeting the PAP government only.”

Response to Anonymous has been a 50-50 affair. There are some, like Gilbert Louis from the International School of Singapore, who are all for it. He posted on the net: ‘ These guys are my biggest heroes. May God bless them and help them to destroy this evil government. Having been attacked by the ISD, I have one request to make to them. Can you please find a way to knock out their laptop signals that direct certain devices against their victims. I understand that a Spectrum 3 analyzer may be able to protect us from their rogue signals. I pray for you guys with my heart and soul. I will be wearing Red and black on 5 Nov and black out my FB. I am so delighted as though I have just won the biggest lottery of my life. My heart is pumping and I am on a real high. There is a God after all.’

Then there are others like Remesh Kunnasegaran now studying at the University of Glasgow who commented: ‘Guys. Singapore is our country and our loyalty should be to our country. These guys are threatening our country and our peace. I don't belong to the government, but my loyalties are where they should be. We should do whatever we can to not support this foreign threat. Remember that by hacking our databases, these guys can gain access to restricted information that can be used against us, and that includes us Singaporeans.’ 

Right now it is anybody’s guess what is going to happen tomorrow – the 5th. of November, when the real Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British Parliament.
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For those interested, the text of Anonymous’ message:

Greetings Government of Singapore,

We are Anonymous and we believe that we have your undivided attention.
We also believe that you have had the pleasure of meeting our comrade The Messiah, who demonstrated what a single Anon could do to your so call technologically advanced island.
Now allow us to explain the objective of our recent invasions.
The secondary objective was to welcome you to the new rule where ignoring the issues of your citizens will not go ignored by Anonymous. We advise you to stop feigning ignorance and serve the people.
Any form of arrogant and ignorant statement from a person of position towards the people will not go ignored by Anonymous.
Have you forgotten who you work for? Traditionally the workers respect the boss. Let us stick to tradition.
But the primary objective of our invasion was to protest the implementation of the internet licensing framework by giving you a sneak peak of the state of your cyberspace if the ridiculous, communistic, oppressive and offensive framework gets implemented.
Did i mention the previous hacks was executed by a single Anonymous member?
Now close your eyes and imagine a legion of Anonymous unleashed upon your tiny little island and infrastructures. It will be like dipping yourselves into a pool of piranhas.
We have faced much larger and more secured corporations such as the F.B.I & the NSA.
Do you think the I.D.A will be a problem for us?
After all, security is just an illusion against time and temporary ignorance.
So mark our words when we say that we Anonymous stand firm on our belief that no Government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information.
No one has the right to tell an individual what he can or cannot read or write.
This is a basic fundamental of democracy and we will use everything in our resources to protect it at all cost.
We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework or we will be forced to go to war with you. For every single time you deprive a citizen his right to information, we will cost you financial loss by aggressive cyber intrusion. An intrusion your $130 million cyber security will not be able to stop.
After all how do you stop an idea?
You may be ambitious enough to try and stop us but remember, the people you are after are the people you depend on:
we cook your meals, we haul your trash, we teach your children, we pay your high salaries, we feed your families, we guard you while you sleep!
It is not wise to piss us off.
And finally we call upon our fellow Singaporean brothers and sisters to join our protest by dressing fully in black & red on the 5th of November to paint your streets with the colors that represent the current Singaporeans emotion.
We urge you to black out your FB profile picture for a day along with the status message:
I am a Singaporean and i had enough of being oppressed! I want my freedom back!!
Anonymous will be making a virtual protest by your side.
Let us demonstrate our frustrations in organized unseen unity that may live a thousand years. This action might not make a political change but it is the first step towards the mental conditioning needed to achieve our goals.
Remember, remember. The fifth of November.
 
We are anonymous, we are legion.
We do not forgive, we do not forget.
Expect Us!
 
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