Hacker faces six years over porn bill­board

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JAKARTA: An In­done­sian man ar­rested for hack­ing into an elec­tronic bill­board and stream­ing a porn film dur­ing Jakarta rush hour could face up to six years in jail, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The Ja­panese film Watch Tokyo Hot was broad­cast for 10 min­utes on the ad­ver­tis­ing screen on Fri­day at a ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion in the cap­i­tal, leav­ing mo­torists var­i­ously amused or hor­ri­fied.

The power was quickly shut off to the “videotron” – as the gi­ant screens are lo­cally known – but not be­fore scenes of a cou­ple en­gaged in a steamy tryst were cap­tured on mo­torists’ phones and went vi­ral.

Po­lice and cy­ber­crime spe­cial­ists in the largely con­ser­va­tive, Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try launched a hunt for the per­pe­tra­tor and on Tues­day ar­rested a 24-year-old IT an­a­lyst.

Ac­cess to porno­graphic web­sites is blocked in In­done­sia, and ro­man­tic scenes in films and tele­vi­sion pro­grammes are of­ten blurred or cut al­to­gether by state cen­sors.

The ar­rested man, whose iden­tity was not dis­closed, has ad­mit­ted to be­ing the cul­prit, Jakarta po­lice chief Mochamad Iri­awan said.

He car­ried out the prank af­ter spot­ting lo­gin de­tails dis­played on the bill­board.

“The sus­pect claims he worked alone,” Iri­awan said. – AFP

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