Monday, 19 December 2016

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Anti-computer law hackers launched cyberattacks Monday on at least six government websites to protest the amended computer crime law, warning another major one was being planned for Tuesday.
Civilians Against Single Gateway Group called on its supporters to join the attack targeting the websites of the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Digital Economy from 1pm to 9pm.

Such an attack, known as distributed denial of service, involves sending so many requests to a targeted website simultaneously that it crashes.

The group claimed that a major hack attack was being planned for Tuesday but did not provide any details.

The group also said that it had enlisted support from several activists affiliated with the so-called Anonymous hacker group.

An Error 404 (meaning the web page is not available) was reported when attempting to access the Ministry of Defence's website at 2.30pm Monday while the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society's site at was briefly unavailable at 4pm.

At 4pm, it was reported that several other government websites could not be accessed. Among them were the Royal Gazette site at ; the junta's public site at ; the prime minister's office site,, and the National Security Council's public website, .

An official responsible for said the website had experienced some problems since the morning and it was being fixed.
However, it appeared that the stricken websites were down from time to time.

As of 8am Tuesday morning, the Defence Ministry's website was still down.
Defence spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanich admitted a group of people tried to hack into the ministry's network but the attack did not cause "much" damage.
"We detected attempts to hack into the Defence Ministry's website. They failed because we have a system to defend it," he said.

The defence ministry's website was the only one of the six known hacked sites that was still unreachable on Tuesday morning.

Maj Gen Kongcheep said hacking into a government website was not the right approach to solve a problem and such a move was simply due to a lack of proper understanding about the computer crime law.

He insisted the amended computer crime law, which was passed by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday, was not related to the controversial single gateway concept lambasted by critics as a government tool to wrest control of the flow of information online.

Maj Gen Kongcheep also called on the group and its supporters to scrap their planned Tuesday attack while giving his assurances that government agencies had ways to effectively handle any hacking.

He said hack attacks would only make state agencies more vigilant.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda urged critics to try to understand that the computer crime law has nothing to do with the single gateway idea.

Asked if a planned cyber attack would affect the Interior Ministry's public service such as ID card renewal, he said authorities concerned were trying their best to protect the system.

Gen Anupong also stressed that nothing good would come from such hacking.


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