Minister K Shanmugam has asked the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to check on Sylvia Lim, Member of Parliament (MP) of Aljunied GRC on her claims that her phone was allegedly hacked by attackers sponsored by the state.
SPF had advised Ms Lim to file the report as this concerns a national security threat and the allegations claimed by Ms Lim were on a ‘serious’ level.
The SPF also said that if Ms Lim does not want to make a report, she can also pass her phone over for the forensics team in SPF to examine.
Claimed that Apple sent her a threat warning
Ms Lim had earlier claimed that Apple had sent her a warning of a potential threat on her phone and had asked her to confirm if her phone was not hacked by state agencies in Singapore.
She further claims that Apple had asked for her confirmation as they state that it was probably because of who she is in Singapore and what she does.
Mr Shanmugam had responded to her allegations saying that state agencies had nothing to do with the hacking of her phone.
Police asked to engage commercial organisation for investigations
SPF also noted that Minister Shanmugam had asked them to engage an external commercial organisation who are experts in the field to do the examination instead.
SPF was also asked to ensure that the process of the examination from the time the phone is handed over from Ms Lim to the time it is returned to her be kept transparent, secure and auditable.
Image source: Sylvia Lim/Facebook, K Shanmugam SC/Facebook