Top 5 stories for Wednesday, 4 September 2013

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'The Messiah' gives his reasons for hacking Sun Ho's site

Hacker, "The Messiah", set up Q&A site to explain why he hacked Sun Ho's site. (Online screengrab)

The individual, known as “The Messiah”, who had hacked the website of City Harvest Church co-founder Sun Ho on Monday morning, explained his reasons for doing so in a Q&A site. In it, he revealed that Sun Ho’s website had very little security and he finds it “horrifying”. He said that the website, which took him only 15 minutes to hack, was guarding personal details of over 5,000 churchgoers.

Late aunt prime suspect in China eye-gouging case: report

China police suspects late aunt responsible for gouging the eyes of six-year-old boy. (AFP photo)

The police in China suspect a woman, said to be the late aunt of the six-year-old boy whose eyes were gouged out, to be responsible for the gruesome act. The boy was found covered in blood after he went missing while playing outside on August 24.

Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key figures in Congress

US president Barack Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key figures in Congress. (Reuters Photo)

US President Obama has won backing for his military strike against Syria, whose President, Bashar Al-Assad, is suspected of using chemical weapons to kill Syrian civilians. Obama received backing from key figures in the US Congress, which includes Republicans.  However, there have been remarks that US’ strike is illegal, and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon addressed this by saying that it is only legal when it is in self-defence or with Security Council authorisation.

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanged in jail cell

US kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanged in prison cell. (Reuters Photo)

In the US, the former school bus driver, Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three Cleveland women he held captive for years in his house, was found dead in his Ohio prison cell late on Tuesday. He was found hanged when prison staff made their rounds.

Bosnian sues girlfriend for just wanting his European genes

Bosnian sues Malaysian lover for only wanting his European genes. (Malaysian Insider photo)

A Bosnian businessman has sued his Malaysian lover for over S$200,000, saying that she only wanted him for sex as well as his European genes to get a child but not for love. Court papers said that their relationship went downhill after the birth of their son -- his ex-lover kept finding fault with him.