Man, 22, arrested after allegedly compromising of 14,000 Mediacorp's meconnect accounts

The offence carries up to a fine of S$5,000, a jail term of up to two years, or both.

Russell Ang | March 14, 2023, 02:45 PM

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A 22-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in compromising Mediacorp's meconnect accounts - used to access Mediacorp services like MeWATCH.

On Feb. 22, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) received a report of 14,000 meconnect accounts being compromised.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) managed to identify the man through follow-up investigations and arrested him on Mar. 9.

No payment information compromised: Mediacorp

According to statement by Mediacorp, they had detected unauthorised access to some meconnect accounts by an "unidentified external party" in late January this year.

"Further investigations did not reveal any evidence that users’ personal data has been misused or disclosed to the public. Users can be assured that no payment information has been compromised as a result of this incident," the statement added.

Following the incident, the media company has strongly advised all affected users to reset their passwords and to check any other accounts where the same login credentials may have been used.

The man is currently assisting investigations for facilitating unauthorised access to computer material.

If found guilty, he can be fined up to S$5,000, sentenced to a jail term of up to two years, or both.

Top image via mewatch