Thailand police arrested nine people for hacking Thai govt websites

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Thailand police arrested nine people for hacking Thai govt websites, more arrests expected. Thailand police have arrested nine people for hacking government websites in protest against amendments to nation’s cyber security law.

The arrest was made by Thai’s military, later, the suspects were handed over to the national police.

The suspects allegedly hacked websites in opposition to the newly passed bill to which dreaded to impose considerable restrictions on internet freedom.

On 16, December 2016, Parliament approved regulation which was termed as a step to impose significant restrictions on internet freedom by The UN Office of Human Rights.

The controversial bill was passed by the legislature, earlier this month, which allows Thailand authorities to censor websites and spy private communication without a court order.

Opposing the same, hackers had launched a series of cyber-attacks on multiple government websites. The hackers targeted Thailand’s Defense Ministry website with DDoS leaving temporarily offline for the visitors.

Thai’s law enforcement agencies were in search of the hackers post the incident and found success in nabbing 9 suspects. National Police anticipated more arrest in future. In an operation, the authorities seized computers and other equipment from the place.

The police said, “one out of nine has been charged with breaking the cyber crime law”. “The rest will be examined in police custody,” police spokesman asserted.

The one, charged with hacking is being identified as 19 years old, Natdanai Khongdee. A college drop-out, Khongdee was allegedly in possession of two pistols, a rifle, ammunition, and marijuana when arrested. The police also alleged that the teenager had traded in guns over the internet.

However, the police denied any information regarding other suspects. The agency also denied the date, time and place of arrest.

Referring the cyber attacks, then, Thailand government had branded hackers as “thugs”.

Besides, the Defense Ministry websites, the Prime Minister’s Office website, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society website and the Office of the National Security Council website were also targetted by the hacker.