According to the latest news report by international news agency Russia Today (RT), the Singapore Government buys hacking softwares and malwares from an Italian IT company, the Hacking Team. The news came to light when the Milan-based hacker company was hacked by anonymous hackers who then leaked confidential documents online.
Among its customer base, are governments from the following countries:
Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, the United States, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Australia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The Singapore Government is currently facing waves of dissent from its citizens because social media like Facebook amplified independent news coverage and greatly reduced Singaporeans’ reliance on the government-controlled state media like The Straits Times.
As a response to citizens’ complaints, the Singapore Government hire internet trolls and pay them to disrupt discussions and smear individual citizens whom they believe are a threat to their legitimacy. Those which are hugely popular like Roy Ngerng, Amos Yee and the two editors of The Real Singapore, are typically charged with sedition and issued defamation suits.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have apparently been furious about the state of new media that he introduced the internet-censorship council, Media Literacy Council, and require all non-government news media to register with the Singapore Government with a S$50,000 bond or face jail term.
You may view Russia Today’s article here.