Prison looms for 'al-Qaeda' doxxer

Top News | Erin Chan 15 Sep 2021

An Immigration Department clerical assistant, described as "internet al-Qaeda activist," should expect imprisonment for doxxing 215 people, most of them public officers, says district judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi.

Hung Wing-sum, 26, who has been remanded in custody since last August, pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in a public place when she appeared in the district court yesterday.

The 215 people doxxed were 20 government officials, five judicial officers, 37 politicians, 69 police officers, five family members of government officials, one family member of a police officer and 78 public figures.

Hung, who joined the department in August 2018, obtained the personal information of 215 people from without authorization and reasonable excuse from September 2019 to August last year, the prosecution said.

On October 18, 2019, Hung provided the information collected to two Telegram groups that share personal information of police officers and their family members.

She was arrested last August 20.

Chan said imprisonment might be the only option as he thought Hung's case, which he denounced as cyber-terrorism, was severe.

He also wondered why Hung, a lower-ranked officer of the department, would have the clearance to access the personal information.

"Clearly, there are loopholes in the system.

"Why would the department take a year to figure that out," he said.

In mitigation, the defense said Hung was naive when she committed the offense and had yet to pass her probation when arrested.

The defense said Hung did not save the relevant personal information and did not know the victims herself, nor was she directly involved in the act of doxxing.

Chan adjourned the hearing to September 27 for sentencing. Hung remains in custody.

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