Thai government websites shut down by protestors. (Source: VNA)

A group of protesters, believed to be behind cyber-attacks on many Thai government agencies’ websites few days ago, has threatened to launch a fresh round of attacks unless the government abandons its single Internet gateway proposal by October 14.

The group of anti-single gateway netizens demanded the government or Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha issue a formal decision of cancelling the plan by 11:30 pm on October 14.

If the government shows no signs of reviewing the plan, even stronger attacks in a larger scale will be launched without planned targets revealed, they warned.

A series of distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks occurred between late September 30 and October 1, taking down various government agency websites including those of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the Defence Permanent Secretary’s Office, the Royal Thai Armed Forces Command, the Internal Security Operations Command and the Government House alongside the state-owned CAT Telecom and TOT Plc’s.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the attacks may have damaged government data, and violated the 2007 Computer Crime Act. Those behind the attacks could face a maximum fine of 300,000 THB (about 8,200 USD) and/or 15 years in jail.

The single Internet gateway plan is being introduced by the military government in an attempt to increase monitoring and prevent negative contents online, but it has sparked a growing wave of public protest in the country.-VNA