Chinese National Penalized for His Nosy Nature
By Anirudh Madhav

A Chinese national was fined 5,000$ for breaking into the WiFi network of the hotel that he was staying in. Zheng Dutao, a 23-year old security engineer working for Chinese giant Tencent Holdings was inquisitive about loopholes in the Wi-Fi server of a Fragrance Hotel branch. Having successfully hacked into the WiFi network, Zheng flaunted his “accomplishments” on his blog, where he published several of the hotel’s server login credentials. Unfortunately for Zheng, one of the readers of his blog were the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. (CSA)

On the 24th of September, Zheng pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally disclosing a password providing illegal access to privately-owned, confidential data. He was ordered to pay SG$ 5,000 in the State Courts for his offense. A similar count was taken into consideration for Zheng’s sentencing.

The sentence was intended to deter foreigners from attempting to access Singapore systems in such illegal ways.

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