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Chula student Aekawit Thongdeevorakul admits to sending messages with PM Yingluck Shinawatra's twitter account, but he was apparently not the hacker who stole her password.

Aekawit Thongdeevorakul, 22-year-old senior from Chulalongkorn University who is accused of breaking into PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s twitter account and posting messages, was presented to the media yesterday by ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap (left).


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Thursday: the latest

There is some new information this morning.  Aekawit Thongdeevorakul, a fourth-year architecture student at Chulalongkorn University, admitted to posting the messages on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s twitter account, but, according to ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap, he was not the person who hacked into the system to gain the PM's password.

ICT officials said the personal password to Ms Yingluck's gmail account had been hacked on Sept 30 by unknown people.

The password was then disseminated within the underground hacker community, and later picked up by Mr Aekawith, who then used the information to gain access to Ms Yingluck's Twitter account.

When the ICT Ministry received information the Twitter account had been hijacked by unknown people, it coordinated with Google to trace the computers used to access Ms Yingluck's gmail account.

On Monday, authorities received information regarding Mr Aekawit's IP address, the 12-digit number used by all computers linked to the internet. The address was linked to an internet account operated by True Corp, which was able to trace the account registration to Mr Aekawit's home in Hat Yai.

Mr Aekawit disseminated the posts from a residence at Pratunam in Bangkok.

architecture – a particular style or way of designing buildings สถาปัตยกรรม
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
post – to send information, in this case, to a website
disseminate – to spread or give out something, especially news, information, ideas, etc., to a lot of people  เผยแพร่
underground - operating secretly and often illegally ลับ, ใต้ดิน
community – a group of people who share the same  job, interests, religion, etc สังคม
access – to be able you can get into a place or use something เข้าสู่, มีโอกาสในการใช้
hijack – to take control of an organization or activity and use it for your own purposes ปล้น, หักหลัง
coordinate – to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively ประสานงานกัน
trace – to follow the evidence to find out something ตามรอย ตามทาง
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
link – to connect เชื่อม, เชื่อมโยง
residence – a place where someone lives ที่พำนัก ที่อาศัย

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Wednesday breaking news:

Authorities have in custody a 22-year-old student suspected of hacking Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's social media accounts, reports said on Wednesday.

Aekawit Thongdeeworakul, a fourth-year student at Chulalongkorn University, evidently has a girlfriend tied to the yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) opposed to Ms Yingluck’s elder brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Sources said the student was detained in custody on Tuesday evening.

authorities – the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
custody – the state of being under control of the police or in prison, especially while waiting for trial  การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
suspected – thought to have done something wrong เป็นที่สงสัย
social media – the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
evidently – apparently; based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
People’s Alliance for Democracy – the union of several groups protesting against the Samak, Somchai and Abhisit governments and which staged large protests against the Thaksin government as well พันธมิตรประชาชนเพื่อประชาธิปไตย 
opposed –disagreeing with or not approving of someone or something, especially a plan or policy ค้าน
fugitive – someone who has been accused of doing something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police ผู้หลบหนี
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

15: 45 update  Post Today has just reported a few more details from an afternoon press conference held by the ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap. Mr Anudith assured the media that Mr Aekawit , whose age is apparently 20, was not a scapegoat and that he turned himself into police. He had confessed to being the hacker, Mr Anudith said.

assure – to tell something that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
scapegoat – someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed ผู้รับเคราะห์แทนคนอื่น, แพะรับบาป
confess – to admit that you have committed a crime  สารภาพผิด

Evening update: As promised, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, did release some additional information today, but not very much. He confirmed that the hacked account did indeed belong to the prime minister and only one other member of her team knew the password. Obviously, the hacker must be Thai, because the eight tweets he/she made were in the Thai language. Mr Anudith said additional clues as to the identity of the hacker had come in but he could not reveal them at this time.

release – to make known to the public เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว
clue – an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery เบาะแส, ร่องรอย
identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย


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“Hacked, account suspended”

Visitors to @PouYingluck, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's personal Twitter account, were greeted this morning with a short announcement: "Account suspended."

A message on her popular Facebook page (almost 400,000 "likes") explained why. "Let it be known that Twitter @PouYingluck has been hacked. The current information there was not posted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra."

The 29,000 followers of Ms Yingluck's Twitter feed were greeted Sunday morning with seven posts that belittled her government and its policies.

"Even my Twitter account can't be protected. So how will we protect the country?" one tweet said.

"What opportunities do the poor really have?," asked another. "We are deceiving the poor. We are giving them hope to gain their votes so that our [cronies] can benefit."

"Still another questioned her promise to give tablet computers to schoolchildren, saying it was no substitute for education reform."

Authorities vowed to prosecute those guilty of the hacking

Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said an investigation found the hacker used a prepaid phone card and an iPhone to access the accounts. He said further details would be released today.

Meanwhile, Government spokesman Prompong Nopparit blamed "influential figures" for working to discredit the government.

He said there was a nine-point conspiracy to unsettle the government. It consisted of constant media attacks to discredit the government's policies, sympathetic civil servants obstructing policy implementation and calls for civic groups and non-government organisations to protest against the ruling coalition.

"They are also using media under their control, in addition to social networks, to push the claim that Ms Yingluck's sole aim is to help [her elder brother and ousted prime minister] Thaksin [Shinawatra]," Mr Prompong announced. 

He added that the efforts amounted to a plan to overthrow the country's democratic system. He did not elaborate on the identities of the so-called conspirators.

Adapted from an AFP story in today’s Bangkok Post.

suspended – stopped for a period of time ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
post – to send information, in this case, to a website
feed – information or programmes that are sent from a central station to other stations in a network; the system of sending out this information or programmes
belittle – to make somebody or the things that somebody does seem unimportant  ดูถูก,ดูแคลน,เหยียดหยาม
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
opportunity – a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something  โอกาส
deceive – to persuade someone that something false is the truth หลอก
crony – a friend or supporter, especially of someone powerful; a person that somebody spends a lot of time with  เพื่อนสนิท, พวกพ้อง, พรรคพวก
benefit – to recieve an advantage ได้รับประโยชน์
substitute – something that is used instead of something else สิ่งที่เข้าแทน  
reform – a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
vow – to make a formal and serious promise to do something สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ
prosecute – to official accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a court of law ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง
guilty – having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of  มีความผิด
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
access – to enter a building, place or, in this case, a website  เข้าสู่
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
release – to make known to the public เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
influential figure – a person who has the power to affect a situation, especially in a bad way ผู้มีอิทธิพล
conspiracy – a secret plan by a group of people to do something bad or illegal  การวางแผนอย่างลับๆ การสมรู้ร่วมคิด
unsettle – to cause to be unstable and anxious ทำให้รู้สึกไม่มั่นคง,  ทำให้ไม่สบายใจจากการเปลี่ยนแปลง
consist – to be made of or formed from something ประกอบด้วย
constant – continuous; all the time ต่อเนื่อง
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
sympathetic – approving of and supportind someone or something เห็นอกเห็นใจ
civil servants – people who work in the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action ข้าราชการ
obstruct – to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone to go somewhere ขวางทาง
implementation – the process of making something such as a plan, system, idea or law start to work and be used การบังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย)
civic group – a group made up of citizens rather than government officials
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
ruling coalition – a temporary union of different political parties that agree to form a government together  พรรคร่วมรัฐบาล
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
sole – only เดี่ยวๆ
aim – purpose; goal เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
ousted – forced out of a position of power ขับออกจากอำนาจ
overthrow – to force a leader or government out of power ขับไล่ออกจากอำนาจ
elaborate – to add more information to or explain something that you have said อธิบายเพิ่มเติม
identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
so-called – said to be something but which may not be true ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน (ซึ่งบางครั้งอาจไม่เป็นจริงก็ได้)

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