PM's Office website hacked

The website of the Office of the Prime Minister was hacked on Wednesday, with an abusive message pasted next to an altered photograph of a laughing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • Published: 8/05/2013 at 01:59 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The message cast aspersions on the prime minister's intelligence and her sexual morality.

It appeared on the cabinet list page

At the end of the page was a message in smaller letters saying "I know that I am the worst Prime Minister ever in Thailand history!!!" and the name "Unlimited Hack Team!!!". The "team" has been responsible for numerous attacks, most recently on Channel 3 TV's website and the  home page of the Culture Ministry.

The prime minister's site was hacked at around noon Wednesday. Technicians struggled to fix the problem. The website was still offline at the end of the business day on Wednesday.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said he had been briefed about the attack on the website. The ministry is to work with the police to find the hacker.

Unlimited Hack Team has been around for a while. According to a lengthy video posted on YouTube, the "team" is two young men, who use well-known exploits and scripts to break into websites from a regular Windows Server PC.

The team posted a list, dated last New Year's Eve, of instructions on "how to avoid being hacked by the Unlimited Hack Team" but it appeared it was not taken seriously by administrators of sites including the Culture Ministry, TV Channel 3 and, now, the PM's office.

The prime minister's website was hacked to display a message and photo (inset) by the well-known Unlimited Hack Team.

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