Update (13 Mar): SMRT Feedback announced that the suspect has reported himself to the police yesterday (12th Mar 2018)
Singapore’s dark knight, SMRT Feedback by The Vigilanteh has struck again. This time, they saved a damsel in distress (corniness intended).
The self-styled vigilante group had on Sunday (Mar 11) published a series of screenshots, named “A case of extortion in Singapore“, purportedly showing the exchange between an anonymous individual and a girl that was being blackmailed.
EDIT: Most of the screenshots had to be taken down due to Facebook TOS. We will be revealing more info soon. Stay…
The suspect who went with the alias “Tom Dick” claimed to be in possession of the victim’s sex tape.
The exposé was a follow-up to a harassment case published by Observer+ back in September 2017.
Six months ago, the victim had sought the assistance of a hacker to trace the identity of the suspect who had threatened to expose a sex video of her unless she sends him nude and intimate photos of herself.
Cyber-extortion, especially blackmail, are some of the most popular cases in Singapore. Over the weekend, I decided to…
Mr Azly managed to find out the IP address of the suspect and had advised the victim to use the information as evidence when lodging a police report, which the victim did.
It is not known if Mr Azly revealed the identity or communicated the identity to SMRT Feedback.
Fast forward six months later, SMRT Feedback decided to follow up with the case due to the lack of updates by the authorities.
According to the group in a comment to Observer+:
SMRT Feedback stopped short of revealing the methods used in tracking down the suspect.
Note: Observer+ will not be showing the full screenshots but here are the revealing bits:
Having found out the identity of the suspect, SMRT Feedback posted instructions for the suspect to comply.
According to the screenshot, SMRT Feedback demands the following:
1) The suspect and his accomplices are to report to Jurong Police Division to give their statement by Tuesday (13 Mar) or Saturday (17 March).
2) The statement is to be given to an investigating officer named Nicholas.
It is not entirely clear as to what will happen if the suspect did not do as per instructed.
Observer+ understands that the deadline was given as such because the suspect is currently in full-time National Service under the Singapore Armed Forces, which do no allow for a leave of absence during weekday training.
According to Chinese news portal Zaobao, police confirmed that the matter is currently under investigation.
Is SMRT Feedback returning to their roots?
SMRT Feedback went low-profile back in 2015 to date, with occasional involvement in social vigilante justice that included tracing a Singapore ISIS terrorist.
They recently appeared in Channel News Asia’s documentary on SMRT Feedback which also featured the harassment case and the actual victim who spoke out about what happened.
Could we see a re-emergence of Singapore’s most notorious anonymous group?
In their own words: “Stay tuned.”
Update @ 12/03/18 (10.44pm):
Exclusive audio recording between victim and suspect’s accomplice released by SMRT Feedback. The 2-minute long audio records the victim confronting the suspect in a telephone call. Based on the recording, the suspect had came down to meet with the victim personally to confess and apologise. The total number of suspects involved are 3 men. The audio cuts short abruptly due to low battery.
Exclusive audio recording between victim and suspect's accomplice released by SMRT Feedback by The VigilantehThe 2-minute long audio records the victim confronting the suspect in a telephone call. Based on the recording, the suspect had came down to meet with the victim personally to confess and apologise. The total number of suspects involved are 3 men. The audio cuts short abruptly due to low battery.(Note: Voices have been adjusted to protect victim's identity.)Read the full story here: https://observer.news/crime/smrt-feedback-tracks-anonymous-extortionist-wanted-nude-photos-spore-undergrad/
Posted by Observer+ on Monday, 12 March 2018