Thai gov’t may have used spyware on citizens: Report

Thai gov’t may have used spyware on citizens: Report

Wikileaks data reported to show that Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam also bought malware systems from Italian hacking company.

BANGKOK

Between 2013 and 2014, Thailand’s’ police and army purchased spyware that would enable them to monitor “hundreds of thousands” of computers and mobile phones within the kingdom, according to a report published Sunday.

The purchases coincide with the country’s military coup of 2014 that saw Thai army chief — and now prime minister — General Prayuth Chan-ocha overthrow the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

The Bangkok Post report — citing data provided by Wikileaks — reported that the Singaporean, Malaysian and Vietnamese governments also bought malware systems from an Italian company named Hacking Team.

“Once the malware was installed, hackers have control [of devices such as computers and mobile phones] and are able to monitor everything that can happen,” Andrew Smith, a UK-based computer forensics expert, told the Post.

“If they wanted to, they can take complete control, including being able to delete or plant evidence on a device,” he added.

Read more: http://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/558583–report-thai-govt-may-have-used-spyware-on-citizens

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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