Thailand detains nine suspected of hacking government websites

Thai police have detained nine people suspected of hacking government websites to protest against amendments to a cyber security law, source from Vietnamnews.

The Thai parliament voted to pass a cyber-crime law on December 16 that critics say strengthen the authorities’ oversight of the internet.

The law stipulates five-year imprisonment for those posting false information that jeopardizes national security, public safety, national economic stability, public infrastructure, or causes panic.

One of the most controversial additions is the creation of a five-member committee that can seek court approval to remove online content considered violating regulations.

In response, hackers launched a wave of cyber-attacks last week, shutting down dozens of government websites.

However, the Thai government said the websites were only down temporarily and such attacks caused minimum disruption.

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