- ‘Beckham’ key to match fixer’s pc
- Website hacker returns with more rants
- Firm denies knowledge of ‘secret plan’ by church leaders
BECKHAM was the key to unlocking an encrypted laptop seized from alleged match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang.
Not the retired England football star but a password that was consistently used in the laptop.
Had a more complicated password been used, it could have been "infinitely" more difficult for specialists to crack it, a district court heard.
On the final day of the second tranche of the trial on Tuesday, prosecutors alluded to the lengths that businessman Ding, 31, went to in an effort to conceal his alleged match-fixing activity.
This included using a message "hard disk failure" as a password prompt in the Sony Vaio laptop seized from Ding. Police forensics officer Sim Lai Hua testified: "Without the corresponding password, the computer will simulate a problem with the hard disk."
Deputy Superintendent Sim explained that the operating system partition of the laptop was encrypted using TrueCrypt – a free open-source software.
"I was told investigating officers could not secure the password from the user and as such, I proceeded to use forensic software to crack the password," said DSP Sim.
Ding is accused of bribing three FIFA-accredited Lebanese officials – referee Ali Sabbagh, 34, and linesmen Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37 – with prostitutes to induce them into fixing a match.
He faces two other charges, which have been stood down, of perverting the course of justice by concealing a receipt from anti-graft investigators and for failing to give his laptop password to a police officer.
Ding had allegedly insisted he did not have the password and that the machine was broken.
After DSP Sim gained access to the system, a 30GB file named "holiday.dat" in the Videos folder caught his attention.
He tested the "beckham" password on the file, and got through. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
THE individual who hacked into co-founder of City Harvest Church and pop singer Ho Yeow Sun's website has resurfaced with more rants against her and husband, church pastor Kong Hee. The website listed more details and explained why Ho's website was attacked.
The hacker, who calls himself "The Messiah", claimed he was operating under the Anonymous Collective.
The group has claimed in the past to have infiltrated organisations such as the Church of Scientology and electronics giant Sony.
The website, hosted on a Spanish domain, explained that Ho's website was responsible for safeguarding data of over 5,000 users.
It added that although the hacker initially wanted to release these details – most of which are believed to belong to City Harvest churchgoers – he wrote he has decided it would be too "rash" at the moment.
Church founder Kong and five deputies are currently on trial for an alleged misuse of church funds. Close to S$50mil (RM128mil) was allegedly used to finance Ho's pop career in the United States. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
A GLASSWARE firm and its owner accused of helping six City Harvest Church leaders to misuse church funds denied knowledge of a "secret" plan by several of them.
The state produced e-mails yesterday to try and show that some of the accused had cooked up a ploy to get around the terms of an investment contract between the church and the company, Firna.
The church wanted to invest S$11mil (RM28mil) into Firna bonds.
This was a way of illegally diverting church funds to finance City Harvest co-founder Ho Yeow Sun's music career, the state believes.
In the investment contract, City Harvest had built in a clause to protect itself – it could convert the bonds into shares in the company if the money was not returned when the bonds matured.
Later, however, several of the accused wrote in e-mails of a "secret letter" to be sent to Firna's owners, in which the church would promise to sell back the shares "at a nominal value of US$1 (RM3.27)" if the conversion happened, effectively voiding the protection.
This ploy was needed to get the firm on board with the plan to funnel church funds, the state believes. When asked about this, Firna owner Wahju Hanafi said that he and his father-in-law, co-owners of the firm at the time, did not know of this plan and was not involved in it.
Wahju also maintained that Firna's money had not been used to finance Ho's career, and that it was his own money that was used.
City Harvest founder Kong Hee and five of his deputies were charged last year with misusing about S$50mil (RM128mil) of church funds. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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