Army hits back on Facebook

Army hits back on Facebook

Free Internet Society of Thailand activists show a sign against the amended Computer Crime during a protest in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on Dec 18, 2016. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Free Internet Society of Thailand activists show a sign against the amended Computer Crime during a protest in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on Dec 18, 2016. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

A Facebook page believed to be backed by the army has launched a counter-attack against the Facebook page of Civilians Against the Single Gateway, which has been conducting a wave of cyberattacks on government sites in protest at the controversial Computer Crime Act.

An administrator of a Facebook page called Seh Keyboard, which was reportedly launched on Friday, posted the first message, saying the page aimed to provide information and knowledge about the amended Computer Crime Act as well as to hit back at the Civilians Against the Single Gateway and its supporters.

The administrator also said the page will work under the motto, "Don't need to know who is Seh. Just know that Seh will track down anyone who jeopardises cybersecurity."

"Seh" means military chief of staff. The page had received more than 2,200 followers as of yesterday evening.

The launch of the opposing page came after the Civilians Against the Single Gateway: Thailand Internet Firewall #opsinglegateway urged its supporters to launch a wave of cyberattacks on several government sites in a protest against the amended Computer Crime Act after the National Legislative Assembly passed the act on Dec 16.

The administrator of the Seh Keyboard page said the page will be used as a channel to publicise facts associated with the amended law, based on academic and creditable information, in a bid to prevent relevant individuals and agencies from mudslinging.

The page also condemned its opponent for a series of cyberattacks on government sites, saying even though the page expressed its strong stance against the amended act, its approach was based on a twisted ideology as it violated the law.

It also said the claimed success of hacking by the Civilians Against the Single Gateway is untrue. In fact, information the group released and claimed it came form their hacking is not important information and some information is doctored.

Seh Keyboard said it is just like a student hacking, not highly skilled and sophisticated as it claimed. "Anyone who can use Google Hacks software can do so."

On Friday, the army reportedly arrested another group of suspected local hackers in connection with a series of attacks on state-owned websites.

An administrator of the Civilians Against the Single Gateway posted on Friday that he took a flight late Thursday night to flee after he was tipped off by a senior figure.

However, yesterday he posted again to say that his escape did not mean the group has given up its fight.

"I just want to fly high beyond the distance of the bullet of Uncle Too (nickname of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha)," he said.

"Cyberwar has no need to fight face to face. Anywhere that has the internet, I can fight."

The administrator also announced he would open "Big Too's House" and show solid evidence tomorrow at 8pm about the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) which the government allegedly used to access personal data.

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