Hackers eager to exploit 'black holes' in Thai cyberspace security
The recent attack on the prime minister's webpage demonstrates the relative ease with which official sites can be compromised and experts say it's a clear warning that safeguards must be put in place to prevent more damaging incidents
The recent hacking of the prime minister's website set off alarm bells among the government's security watchdogs, but there are hundreds of well-trained hackers lurking in cyberspace ready to strike ill-prepared local networks.
And while Yingluck Shinawatra suffered little more than a few derogatory comments being posted about her, professional hackers are reaping huge financial rewards estimated to cost consumers worldwide over US$100 billion (2.9 trillion baht) annually. Prinya Hom-anake, founder of ACIS Professional Centre, an IT security training company, said such attacks are more common than many might believe.
A total of 2,960 local websites were hacked from September 2012 to last January, of which 1,250 were government sites, he said.
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