Hackers attack Thai court websites to protest sentences

BANGKOK -- Hackers protesting Thailand's justice system have attacked official websites in the Southeast Asian nation for the second time this year, replacing or disabling the home pages of many sites affiliated with the court system.

See Full Article

A posting on a Facebook account associated with the loosely organized hacker group Anonymous said Wednesday's attacks were a protest against death sentences given on Dec. 24 to two Myanmar men convicted of murdering two young British tourists on the Thai resort island of Koh Tao. Critics say the men were scapegoats and unfairly convicted.

The posting said Anonymous was supporting a campaign to ask tourists to boycott Thailand until changes are made in the way Thai police investigate cases involving foreigners.

The Facebook post linked to a list of almost 300 Thai sites it said had been hacked. A random check showed some not working, some defaced and some operating. About a dozen police-affiliated sites were similarly struck on Jan. 5.

In both cases the pages that were substituted for the official home pages carried the name "Blink Hacker Group," the hashtag "Boycott Thailand," and a greeting to Myanmar hackers. They also featured the white mask graphic used by Anonymous. Wednesday's hacked pages included the words "Failed Law We Want Justice!"

Court officials were unavailable for comment.

Police spokesman Gen. Dejnarong Suthicharnbancha said he had not been informed of Wednesday's attacks. Asked about the earlier hacking of police websites, he said: "We have to admit that they have a certain level of ability. They messed with our (index) page, but they could not steal any of our information."

The case of the murdered British travellers attracted international attention. Two migrant workers from Myanmar, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, were convicted of murdering David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, whose bodies were found on Sept. 14, 2014. Witheridge had also been raped.

Police rushed to solve the crime under intense pressure to limit negative publicity for the tourism industry, but the investigation and trial drew widespread criticism. Police were criticized for not properly securing the crime scene, conducting more than 200 random DNA tests, releasing names and pictures of suspects who turned out to be innocent, mishandling crucial DNA evidence from the victims and allegedly torturing their prime suspects.



Advertisements

Latest Tech & Science News

  • Burned bears treated with fish skins spotted in the wild

    Tech & Science CTV News
    GOLETA, Calif. -- Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Source
  • Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    Tech & Science CTV News
    MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. Source
  • Facebook forges ahead with controversial kids app

    Tech & Science CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Source
  • WATCH: Thai villagers rescue baby elephant that fell into well

    Tech & Science CTV News
    An elephant calf that tumbled into a well in eastern Thailand has been reunited with its mother thanks to the tireless efforts of a group of villagers. The little elephant fell into the well on a rubber plantation located in the Kaeng Hang Meow District in Chantaburi province in the early hours of Friday morning. Source
  • Google takes away the 'view image' option

    Tech & Science CTV News
    Google no longer offers the ‘view image' option, instead search engine users can jump through a few extra hoops to get want they want. Go to Google, type in your image search, find one you like, click, view image and save. Source
  • Spacewalking astronauts finishing months of robot arm repair

    Tech & Science CTV News
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Spacewalking astronauts stepped out Friday to wrap up months of repair work on the International Space Station's big robot arm. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan's Norishige Kanai emerged from the orbiting complex as the sun rose over Peru's western coast, 250 miles below. Source
  • Underwater video shows marine life growing at wind farm

    Tech & Science CTV News
    BOSTON -- Offshore wind proponents are touting new undersea footage that suggests a vibrant marine habitat is growing around the nation's first offshore wind farm -- a five-turbine operation off Rhode Island's waters. The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, says the roughly two-minute clip it posted on YouTube this week shows the potential for the nation's fishing industry as larger projects are envisioned up and down the East Coast. Source
  • Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

    Tech & Science CBC News
    ?Doping is always a hot topic at the Olympics. One day, we may never again have to ban the entire Olympic team from Russia, not because athletes won't be doping, but because they will be gene doping and be able to completely avoid detection. Source
  • Endangered leatherback sea turtle found frozen in N.S. likely died of starvation

    Tech & Science CTV News
    A large leatherback sea turtle found encased in ice in Cape Breton likely died from starvation, according to the expert who performed the necropsy. Laura Bourque, a veterinary pathologist with the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative in Charlottetown, P.E.I, told The Canadian Press that the endangered turtle appeared to be emaciated. Source
  • Research finds evolutionary 'secret sauce' against climate change

    Tech & Science CTV News
    Research suggests hares and jackrabbits hopping along in the Rocky Mountains demonstrate the "secret sauce" for how animals can adapt to a new climate. Scott Mills, lead author of a paper published Thursday in Science, says lessons from mixed populations of brown and white bunnies can be applied widely to help species adjust as the environment changes around them. Source