SAM singed, schools hacked

VIOLATED: The website of the Singapore Art Museum was breached and a data file illegally published.


    Nov 21, 2013

    SAM singed, schools hacked

    ABOUT 4,000 individuals had their personal information compromised in a recent episode of data theft here.

    This was revealed on the same day that the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that 13 school websites had been defaced.

    In a media release yesterday, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) said that individual records kept in a data file on its website had been illegally uploaded and published on a New Zealand-based server.

    The data file comprised names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and, in some instances, nationalities of individuals who had participated in the museum's events this year and in 2011.

    The museum lodged a police report after it was alerted to the incident by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) on Nov 5. The Web page containing the data file was taken down within two hours after IDA notified the site administrator.

    MyPaper understands that the data file was uploaded and published on, a file-sharing service launched by indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

    SAM's director, Dr Susie Lingham, said: "We take this very seriously. We have also apologised to the affected individuals and sought their understanding on this matter."

    Those whose identities have been leaked could be spammed. They also need to be wary of cybercriminals assuming their identities, said Mr David Siah, country manager of IT security firm Trend Micro Singapore.

    Meanwhile, MOE said that the 13 school websites - which were all hosted on the same server - were reported defaced between 3.30pm and 5pm yesterday.

    The schools include Raffles Girls' School and St Andrew's Junior College. The matter has been referred to the police.

    Yesterday, Law Minister K. Shanmugam described website hacking as "nothing short of terrorism", while Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said in a Facebook post that such acts are "like someone coming into your home uninvited".