PKR election officer being investigated over alleged cyberattack in Julau

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By Nancy Nais

SIBU, Nov 11: Police are investigating a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) election officer in connection with the alleged cyberattack in Julau during party polls yesterday.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani said the case was being investigated under Section 5(1) of the Computer Crime Act 1997.


In a statement yesterday, PKR central election committee chairman Datuk Rashid Din revealed that ‘Prey Anti-Theft software’ infiltrated the 10 units of tablets that were used for the Julau party election which was held yesterday.

Mustafa explained that for any unauthorised modification of the contents of any computer, a person shall be guilty of an offence if he does any act which he knows will cause unauthorized modification of the contents of any computer.

For the purposes of this section, it is immaterial whether the act in question is not directed at any particular programme or data, a programme or data of any kind, or a programme or data held in any particular computer.

For the purpose of this section, it is also immaterial whether an unauthorised modification is, or is intended to be, permanent or merely temporary.

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or both or be liable to a fine not exceeding RM150,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both, if the act is done with the intention of causing injury as defined in the Penal Code. — DayakDaily