Govt websites in Thailand down after controversy over cyber law


Bangkok: Government websites were down yesterday after hackers kicked off a campaign of attacks following controversial changes to the Computer Crime Law.

The sites hit included Government House, Office of the PM, and the Royal Gazette website.

It was not confirmed if the failure of these sites, which were offline sporadically yesterday, was the result of attacks or a defensive measure by the government.

Earlier, Major-General Ritthi Intarawut, director of the Army’s cyber centre, warned state agencies to prepare for cyber attacks by hackers angry over changes to the Computer Crime Act, advising them to step up security or even shut down systems temporarily.

Government agencies, previously targeted by hackers upset by changes to the law, were also advised to keep a close watch on system gateways, and place tight restrictions on firewalls in preparation for possible attacks.

The warning came after a group of Internet users known as “Opponents of the Single Gateway” threatened to attack government websites and wipe out all data today if the government did not respond to its demand for the amendment to be scrapped.

The law sparked major controversy, with nearly 400,000 Internet users signing an online petition at Change.org calling for the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to withhold approval of the changes over fears they would hit online freedom and privacy.

After the NLA passed amend ments last Friday, netizens staged protests online and offline. — The Nation/Asian News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

World , world

   

Next In Regional

Azmin Ali to represent PM at Shinzo Abe's state funeral in Tokyo
Malaysia to achieve over RM7bil in cocoa exports, says Deputy Commodities Minister
Malaysia hosts 8th Asean traditional textiles symposium
Scammers' adaptability has led to 50% increase in cybercrime over past two years, says IGP
Bank Negara continually upgrades security measures to combat scams
China’s digital nomads trade mega-cities for backpacker havens
‘Only to stop indoor smoking’: Chinese firm comes under fire for allegedly installing surveillance cameras in toilet cubicles
Woman in SG cheated of S$350,000 in kidnapping scam; victim also forced to make videos for ransom demands
Ten commandments for today’s South Koreans
Judge recuses herself from hearing 1MDB suit against Deutsche Bank, six others

Others Also Read