An ex-member of Singapore’s mega troll, SMRT Feedback by the Vigilanteh, is in the news, but this time, it’s for the right reason.
In a Facebook post shared today (Sep 26), Azly J. Nor, a former co-founder of the notorious satirical page chronicled how a girl had been blackmailed by an anonymous pervert who threatened to expose a sex video of her unless she send him nude and intimate photos of herself.
Observer+ understands that the sex video in question is non-existent.
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The victim, who was not named, but is believed to be an NTU undergraduate had private-messaged Azly seeking his assistance to track down the cyber pervert after having exhausted her options with the police.
The term ‘white hacker’ or rather, ‘white hat hacker’, is an internet slang that refers to an ethical hacker – the good guys.
A screenshot of the Facebook conversation between the pervert and the victim was also published.
Azly had questioned avenues of recourse for victims of such intimidation as in such cases; the police won’t act unless there is concrete evidence.
Authorities told the victim that she will have to file a case with the magistrate to authorise the police to conduct an investigation. Under those circumstances, Azly took it upon himself to track down the pervert himself – all in under an hour.
It is not known at the time of publishing if the perpetrator has been caught but going by Singapore’s strict cybersecurity laws, it won’t be long enough now.
Intimidation is a criminal offence
In this case, the pervert had intimidate the victim and caused her distress and alarm.
According to Section 506 of Singapore’s Penal Code, “Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.”
How to protect yourself in the case of cyber-blackmail?
If you don’t have a hacker at your disposal, there are still other avenues to seek redress; one of which would be to see a Protection Order under the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA).
POHA provides for the criminalisation of certain harassing behaviour.
According to Singapore Legal Advice, an example would be when a person who acts in such a way (whether by behaviour, words or other forms of communication) as to cause another person harassment, alarm or distress, will be guilty of an offence. The offence is even more severe if the harasser had actually intended the victim to react in such a manner.
Steps to file a Protection Order can be found here.
SMRT Feedback – the hero Singapore needs, but not what Singapore deserves
SMRT Feedback is known as Singapore’s only vigilante group, meting out their own brand of justice towards scammers, criminals, and even terrorists. Azly went solo in 2012 and is the only known individual tied to the fiercely anonymous group.
He made his reveal in 2015:
While SMRT Feedback may no longer be the spark it once was, perhaps we can keep in mind the following: