Thailand considers legal action against cyber protesters hinh anh 1Thailand considers legal action against cyber protesters. (Source: Reuters)

Thai authorities are considering legal action against protesters who launched cyber-attacks that disrupted access to a number of government websites including the Prime Minister’s, Thai Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd warned on October 2.

The attacks may have damaged government data, the major general told a press conference at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, saying that it violated the 2007 Computer Crime Act and those behind it could face a maximum fine of 300,000 baht (about 8,200 USD) and/or 15 years in jail.

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

They were intended to be an act of protest against the government’s proposed single Internet gateway for the country, which claims to facilitate easier content monitoring.

Most of the sites did not appear to be fully restored by the morning of October 2.-VNA