Three men charged over breach of Singtel, StarHub data

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Three Singaporean men were charged at the State Courts on Wednesday (16 December) for their respective roles in the leaking of confidential customer details from telcos Singtel and StarHub.

Foo Cheek Ann Kelvin alias Fu Ji’an, 32, is accused of taking a $180 bribe from Lee Cheng Yan in 2016 in return for confidential details of Singtel’s customers. At the time, Foo was a retail consultant with wholly-owned Singtel subsidiary Telecom Equipment.

He also faces 15 charges of unlawfully accessing information on Singtel’s computer system relating to the address of Lee’s ex-girlfriend and other Singtel subscribers sometime between 2014 and 2017.

Meanwhile, Zhang Jiazheng, 38, is alleged to have unlawfully accessed information in StarHub’s computer system relating to various StarHub subscribers’ details sometime between 2015 and 2017. At the time, he was a customer care consultant with the telco.

The third suspect, Lim Zong Xian Philbert alias Lin Zongxian, 33, is accused of giving three bribes amounting to $1,000 to Lee in return for Singtel and StarHub customer details in 2017.

Lee, 37, had been charged in court in 2018 with 29 charges in relation to the case. One count was for giving a $180 bribe to Foo for Singtel customers’ data in 2016 while three charges were for receiving bribes amounting to $1,000 from Lim.

The remaining 25 counts were for instigating Foo and Zhang to unlawfully access Singtel and StarHub data relating to subscribers’ details sometime between 2014 and 2017.

Lee’s case is pending before the courts.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau reminded the public that “Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption”.

The maximum penalty for graft offences is a $100,000 fine, along with a jail term of up to five years.

The anti-graft agency said it looks into all complaints and reports, including anonymous ones. It can be reached via 1800-376-0000, online at www.cpib.gov.sg/e-complaint, via email at report@cpib.gov.sg or in writing to the CPIB Headquarters at 2 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159047.

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