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Singaporeans tampering with new COVID tracking tokens amid hate, ridicule

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 12:10 AM

Singapore’s COVID-19 soon-to-be compulsory tracking devices are getting a lot of hate from residents, some of whom have resorted to tampering with them.

TraceTogether tokens are being wrapped in aluminium foil or emptied of batteries amid conspiracy theories spreading that such methods can prevent the government from tracking the device’s whereabouts.

A discussion under the thread Lifehack: to avoid participating mandatory TraceTogether Program that went up on the HardwareZone forum today shared steps on how to disable the token by spoofing its identifying QR code.

“1) Go to the cc to collect the physical token and register yourself with the fixed QR code. 2) Remove the battery cover and remove the battery 3) Use glue to glue the battery cover back 4) Scan your token QR code when entering designated area Bonus) Go Google for photo of TT Token with it’s QR code. Print a sticker of that QR code and stick it onto your token to use,” it said.

TraceTogether developer Smart Nation and Digital Government Group responded today that tampering with the device is a violation of the Computer Misuse Act, which has a maximum penalty of a S$50,000 fine and seven years in jail.

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