Thai police told to punish court website hackers

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POLICE have been instructed to investigate and take legal action over the cyberattacks that crashed court websites.

The order came from Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy police chief General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said yesterday.

"Thai authorities are trying to fix the problem but it may not be easy because we are on the defensive while they keep attacking us," Prawit said.

Hackers associated with the group Anonymous on Wednesday shut down all Courts of Justice websites in protest over the Koh Tao double-murder verdict. Courts of Justice spokesman Suebpong Sripongkul said the problem had been fixed by creating a temporary homepage for the sites and putting necessary information on them.

The websites could be accessed as normal and there was no damage to the Courts of Justice's internal system, he said.

He insisted that all information of cases still existed. And although the verdict in the Koh Tao double-murder case had disappeared, the court had the original verdict document, he added.

"We don't have any pressure or concerns. I don't think it [the attack] will hurt the country's image or discredit the court's credibility in international communities," he said. Anonymous yesterday posted on its Facebook page that they hacked the Thai justice net to find confidential files after the attack on Thai police websites. The group claimed it now had the entire justice net database.

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