PM’s Office asks for hacker's arrest

The Prime Minister’s Office filed a complaint on Thursday to the Technology Crime Suppression Division to charge a hacker who hacked its website to damage Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • Published: 9/05/2013 at 07:20 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

An official lodged the complaint to have the hacker charged with violating the Computer Crime Act, Phisit Pao-in, the division chief said.

Pol Maj Gen Phisit did not disclose the name of the suspect, only saying that the professional hacker was among the five best in the country and was a member of Unlimited Hack Team. The suspect had hacked several government websites, including the Culture Ministry, and Channel 3.

Unlimited Hack Team denied that it had damaged the PM’s Office website on Wednesday. Its name appeared on the hacked webpage, which made derogatory remarks about the prime minister.

Pol Maj Gen Phisit said the suspect was still in Bangkok and could report to police at the National Police Office on Friday.

The suspect could face five years in jail and a 100,000 baht fine if found guilty.

The division held talks with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry on Thursday.

ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap refused to give the identity of the wanted hacker as the disclosure could impair the case.

Officials did not rush to wrap up the case until they had solid evidence to take action against the hacker, he said. ‘’The suspect will be arrested soon. It takes time because we want to be careful and thorough about the case to avoid accusations of arresting a scapegoat,’’ the minister said.


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