And so… the saga continues…
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore repeatedly insisted that the outage on Saturday afternoon was due to maintenance and not a result of any external hackers and in an earlier statement, there were router issues and a hardware problem which crippled access to 19 of its sites for over half a day.
The Ministry of Education had circulated an email announcement on the security measures to be taken under the event a website is being hacked.
(A local teacher had shared the image to TRS, as shown below).
It lays out the steps to take if the school’s website is hacked:
- Suspend the account as soon as possible.
- Put up a notification or announcement page to inform the visitors that the website is under maintenance.
- Please inform MOE ITB Comms of the hacking by providing the URL link of the website that is compromised.
- Backup the defaced website.
- Implementing security measures such as installing the latest patch and changing the administrator password to a stronger password, i.e., passwords with a combination of:….
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had told local journalists that his government would “spare no effort” in going after Anonymous members who have threatened to wage a cyber war against the Singapore Government.
“PM Lee warns hackers: We will track you down — even if you think you’re ‘anonymous’“.
On 7th Nov 2013 at 11.17pm, PM Lee’s official website was hacked with an additional rude message of “ANONYMOUS SG WAS HERE BIATCH” and displayed mocking messages and pictures from Anonymous, which is demanding the scrapping of rules requiring Singapore news websites to obtain annual licenses.
The rules, which came into effect in June, have sparked anger among some bloggers and activists who say they are designed to muzzle free expression.
Authorities insisted that the new licensing rules do not impinge on Internet freedom.
An hour later, a “subpage” of the website of the Istana, the official residence of President Tony Tan, was “compromised” early Friday, telecommunication officials said without giving details.
While the defaced section of http://www.istana.gov.sg had been take offline by early afternoon, screengrabs widely circulated on social media showed the image of a stern-looking elderly woman raising a middle finger. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.
It was accompanied by the words “JIAK LIAO BEE!“, a mildly offensive term in Hokkien, a southern Chinese dialect, referring to people who get paid for doing nothing.
If you keep reading on/hearing Singaporeans mumbling about the pay/salary of the governmental bodies and you’re wondering why…
Here’s a low-down.
Singapore Governmental Salaries
Singapore (tax free!):
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong: US$1,700,000
Singapore President: US$1,190,000
Singapore cabinet ministers: US$850,000
Singapore members of parliament: US$148,306
Note 1: New ministers will make about S$1.1 million (US$850,000)
Note 2: The monthly pay for a Singapore Member of Parliament (who does virtually nothing) is S$192,500 (US$148,306) per year tax free.
Note 3: In addition to their inflated salaries, the Singapore politicians receive extra pay as appointed company directors!
United States (not tax free):
President: US$400,000, with US$50,000 expenses
Vice President: US$202,900
Cabinet Secretaries: US$157,000 – $186,600
Secretary of State: $186,600
United Kingdom: Prime Minister: US$279,000
Australia: Prime Minister: US$229,000
Hong Kong: Prime Minister: US$516,000
Japan: Prime Minister: US$$359,000
Canada: Prime Minister: US$246,000
Germany: Prime Minister: US$303,000
France: Prime Minister: US$318,000
It’s a no-brainer to where that money comes from and with the addition of all the other circulating issues at hand and a government that apprehends an individual even at the slightest comment that they deem offensive (simply because people are speaking out the truth), one would just wonder when people will start revolting to fight for fairness.