Two Hackers Who Allegedly Targeted Gov’t Site Charged

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged two more alleged members of the hacking group Anonymous Cambodia on Monday, as other members of Anonymous claimed to hack at least four government websites, including that of the National Police.

The two men, Keo Sipheng, 26, and Hok Ratana, 26, were arrested last week for infiltrating the Anti-Corruption Unit’s (ACU) website and were charged with unauthorized access to an automated data processing system and obstructing the functioning of an automated data processing system.

Cambodia currently has no cybercrime law, and the duo was charged under the information technology section of the country’s criminal code.

“The court charged them with offenses related to the information technology articles 427 and 428 of the criminal code,” said Meas Chanpiseth, the court’s deputy prosecutor.

Mr. Sipheng and Mr. Ratana are accused of hacking the website of the ACU and taking it offline for more than two hours on Thursday.

Officials said the hack was an SQL injection, which exploits vulnerability in an application’s software.

An official at the ACU, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Mr. Sipheng and Mr. Ratana are students at Phnom Penh’s IIC University of Technology and said the university’s president, Chhuon Chanthan, helped in the arrest of the two men.

The IIC University of Technology created the ACU website and were able to track the hacks, the official said.

Mr. Chanthan could not be reached for comment.

On top of temporarily taking down the National Police’s website, members of Anonymous Cambodia claimed Monday to have hacked three other government sites including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ e-visa service.

In April, two other alleged Anonymous Cambodia members were arrested and charged following an eight-month investigation.

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