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An image captured from hacked CCTV footage posted on Youtube shows an overcrowded cell in Lang Suan prison in Chumphon province.

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The security camera system at Lang Suan prison in Chumphon has been hacked and footage showing inmates living in overcrowded conditions posted on Youtube.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said the Corrections Department had informed him of the incident. Authorities still did not know how the recording was leaked. He was quick to point out that similar incidents had happened in other countries, including Australia and Russia.

The minister was concerned the leak may have violated the rights of inmates.

A source in the Justice Ministry said the CCTV systems in Thai prisons are connected to the internet to give authorised individuals access to real-time viewing. Prison chiefs and senior officials can view the live CCTV footage on their smartphones.

The minister said it was possible the access code was leaked to outsiders, who then accessed the system and posted the recording on Youtube -- damaging the reputation of Thai prisons as the footage shows the overcrowded conditions.

The video, labelled “Thai Bangkok prison Security Came live” was posted on Youtube on Tuesday. 

A source said it appeared the prison’s CCTV system was hacked on Monday night.

The Youtube account of the hacker named Big Brother’s Gaze also shows leaked CCTV prison footage from countries including Russia, Australia and the United States.

Vocabulary:

Corrections Department : the government department in charge of running prisons - กรมราชทัณฑ์

individuals : persons - บุคคล

inmate : someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital or other institution - ผู้ถูกกักกัน, ผู้ถูกกักบริเวณในเรือนจำหรือโรงพยาบาล

Justice Minister (noun): The minister who heads the Ministry of Justice - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกระทรวงยุติธรรม

leak (verb): to tell private or secret information to journalists or to the public; to release secret or private information, photos, etc. without permission - ทำให้รู้ความลับ, เปิดเผย

outsider : someone who does not belong to a particular group or organization - บุคคลภายนอก

overcrowded (adj): with too many people or things in it - ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด

point out : to mention something in order to give somebody information about it or make them notice it - ชี้ให้เห็น, บ่งชี, ชี้, ระบุ

prison : a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ

reputation : the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is - ชื่อเสียง

rights (noun): the basic rights which it is generally considered all people (or animals) should have, such as justice, freedom and the freedom to say what you think - สิทธิ

violate : to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด

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